The case surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, raised more concerns after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered.
Trump declined to say whom he talked with in the Saudi government. It would also raise questions over whether the U.S. gave the journalist any warning that he might be in danger from his own government.
A team of 15 Saudis who flew in from Saudi Arabia to visit and leave the consulate on the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance is suspected of playing a role in his disappearance, people familiar with the investigation said in a Washington Post report.
In an email shared with reporters and described as a "personal message", Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, called Khashoggi a friend. It could pave the way for sanctions, including against high ranking officials in the Saudi government.
Aksam newspaper also published blurred photos of a jet arriving in Istanbul before dawn on October 2, carrying what it said were nine members of the Saudi team, as well as images of some of them checking in at a hotel.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC has warned that if there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government, it would be "devastating" to the U.S. -Saudi relationship.
U.S. intelligence services intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Saudi journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in Turkey last week. Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, published critical pieces of the Saudi government and exiled himself to Virginia.
The Post, a newspaper to which Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed USA officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the U.S. state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.
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The Post's report follows Defense Secretary James Mattis's remarks about Khashoggi's disappearance, in which he suggested the United States was keeping track of the developments. "We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available", she said.
The investigation is triggered by a letter to the president from the chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Corker and Menendez, respectively.
The Post said it was not clear to officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to detain him in Saudi Arabia.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.
"In both calls they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process", the White House said. Even "if we don't do okay", he said, "I think we'll be in great shape". Corker commented to CNN that he had "never heard of an embassy in my life that doesn't tape". "To me.it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them".
In a column published Wednesday by the Post, Hatice Cengiz wrote: "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate".
Saudi Arabia's denials that it had any role in Khashoggi's disappearance have fallen on deaf ears in Congress, with almost a quarter of the Senate triggering a US investigation into the case. We're going to take a very serious look at it.