Pompeo to Trump: Saudis Need ‘A Few More Days’ for Khashoggi Investigation

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Mohammed has denied his Kingdom knew anything about Khashoggi's disappearance October 2. "We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened".

According to The Times, Trump's view on Saudi Arabia appeared to be hardening after his meeting with Pompeo.

A Turkish forensic officer arrives at the Saudi consulate to conduct a new search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, early Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Twitter suspended a pro-Saudi bot operation spreading tweets about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after NBC News raised questions, the network reported.

Accounts have since emerged suggesting that Turkey has recordings of Khashoggi being tortured before he was killed by a 15-strong Saudi Arabian team that flew in and out of the country that... Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations "baseless", has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday over Mutreb's identification.

"There are more structural problems with the relationship (between the US and Saudi Arabia) that relate to Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power", said Barbara A. Leaf, senior fellow at The Washington Institute and former USA ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

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In an announcement that sent stocks tumbling on Wall Street, Mnuchin said he had decided with President Donald Trump that he would "not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia".

If Riyadh finds a scapegoat and absolves senior members of the royal family over the disappearance of The Washington Post columnist in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Trump may accept it.

President Trump said Thursday that it "certainly looks" as though Khashoggi is dead, and that the consequences for the Saudis "will have to be very severe" if they are found to have killed him.

Turkish police on Wednesday began searching the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul for their investigation, with forensics experts in white overalls entering the building, an AFP correspondent said.

Trump also said on Tuesday that the criticism against the Saudi Kingdom amid the Khashoggi investigation was another instance of "guilty until proven innocent".

But while withholding judgment on the case, Trump and Pompeo in recent days have stressed the depth of US-Saudi cooperation in financial and counterterrorism matters stretching back for nearly a century. Mr Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, to pick up paperwork that would allow him to marry his fiancée Hatice Cengiz.