Saudi Admission of Khashoggi's Death Satisfies No One

Sean Reid
October 22, 2018

His comments are likely to heighten speculation that Turkey may be about to reveal some of the results of its investigations into the killing of the dissident journalist, a Washington Post columnist and United States resident, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct.2.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had".

The king has the authority to change the line of succession - as he did when he appointed his son crown prince in the first place, upending the previous royal consensus.

Meanwhile Corker is hoping that Turkey turns over the purported tapes of Khashoggi being murdered that their government previously said they had.

Heiko Maas told German public broadcaster ARD that "as long as these investigations continue, as long as we don't know what happened there, there's no basis for reaching positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia".

Some US media reports said that Saudi Arabia is planning to come out with a repot in which it is expected to say that the interrogation of Khashoggi went wrong and was killed in the process.

Saudi Arabia deployed an online army to harass dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other critics of the kingdom on Twitter, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

But he said that, before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Adel al-Jubeir said that those responsible will be held accountable for "this huge and grave mistake".

Speaking to reporters following a meeting of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded urgent clarification on Khashoggi's killing.

Describing Saudi Arabia as a "great ally", he said it has also been a tremendous investor in the US.

Jack Reed (R.I.), the ranking Democrat on the Armed Services committee, said in a statement. When the media reported a few days later that he had been killed there, they called the accusations "baseless".

"We ought to suspend military sales, we ought to suspend certain security assistance and we ought to impose sanctions on any of those that were directly involved in this murder", Schiff said.

The Turkish president said he would make a full statement on the case when he would address his ruling party MPs in parliament on Tuesday.

But even if the Saudis keep Trump on their side, they could face a reckoning from the U.S. Congress, where Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage over the killing. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on NBC the Saudi ambassador to the US should be expelled until the matter is settled.

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened on October 2nd - beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible", the three countries said in a joint statement.

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