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11 October 2018, 09:57 | Regina Holmes
Report: U.S. Knew of Saudi Plan to Capture WaPo Columnist, Failed to Stop It
The move from Congress ratchets up pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a United States resident and critic of the kingdom who disappeared after entering the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Saudi Arabia officials said that he had left the building, but have not provided evidence. "We have to see what happens".
The U.S. has been in contact with Turkish officials about the case, Trump said. He left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned Thursday there will be a "complete revolt" on Capitol Hill if Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if USA officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said.
TRT World also obtained footage showing Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.
'White House National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton and White House Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown PrinceMohammed Bin Salman yesterday about the missing Washington Post journalist, ' according to Sanders.
Meanwhile, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he has a call in to Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who has appealed to the president and first lady Melania Trump for help.
The Postreported late Wednesday that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered that Khashoggi, a prominent critic, be lured from his home in the us and detained.
'We're demanding everything, ' Trump said, asked if his team was seeking information from the Saudis - longtime allies who the Trump administration has hugged closely.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin SalmantoldBloomberg News in an interview last week that Khashoggi had left the consulate shortly after entering it last week and that he was ready to let Turkey search the building.
"Well, we're looking at it very, very seriously". Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that.
USA intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his disappearance last week in Turkey in a case now roiling global investigators and threatening to damage relations between Washington and Riyadh.
Co-host Steve Doocy brought up the report that Mohammed ordered Khashoggi's return to Saudi Arabia and told Trump, "That sounds like it goes right to the top, Mr. President".
Erdogan also questioned assertions by Saudi authorities that the diplomatic mission does not have footage of Khashoggi's exit, asking, "Is it possible for there to be no camera systems at the Saudi Arabia consulate, where the event took place?"
Government sources in Turkey said police believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, claims which Riyadh dismissed as "baseless".
"I think [there's] growing opposition to what the Saudis are doing in Yemen and this just adds to it", he continued.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department called on Saudi Arabia to "support a thorough investigation. and to be transparent about the results". "If this happened, if they murdered this journalist who works for The Washington Post in a consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, that's a game-changer for me". US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information.
Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search its Istanbul consulate
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the US request for information. On his first worldwide trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.
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