Turkey believes that he was murdered and dismembered inside the building by a 15-person Saudi team which entered and left the country on the same day.
"I sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers". This created a major diplomatic crisis for the kingdom, with mounting evidence that the Saudis were involved fueling a growing outcry from foreign governments, USA lawmakers and the Trump administration. "We'll wait and see, but rest assured that when the president says we will take actions if we find out bad outcomes, he means it". On October 2, Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate with his fiancée to get documents proving his divorce. "I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" Footage emerged Tuesday showing Khashoggi entering the building the week before.
Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.
More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump last week to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.
The development comes after a Saudi delegation of a dozen officials arrived in Turkey while Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend discussed the case in their first telephone talks on the controversy.
The official said the prosecutor had been instructed to work quickly.
Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail USA military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.
On Sunday, Riyadh angrily rejected political and economic "threats" over the case of the missing journalist and said it would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one".
The disappearance of Khashoggi, last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, has whipped up global concern, with new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman increasingly the focus of sharp criticism.
This would not explain why the Saudi team allegedly brought a bone saw with them to the consulate. He is a U.S. resident.
In the past days, a slew of business leaders announced they would not attend the second Future Investment Initiative. Chief Executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co.
Arab nations followed up, releasing statements in support of Riyadh, with Bahrain's foreign minister calling for a boycott of the ride-sharing app Uber, after its CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, pulled out of the conference.