Pompeo heard recording of Khashoggi 'murder'

Dwayne Harmon
October 19, 2018

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which sponsors the event, took a minority stake in Deadline and Variety owner PMC earlier this year for a reported $200 million.

"It is out of question for Turkey to give any kind of audio tape to [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo or any other US official", he added.

Turkey claimed that they had obtained audio and video evidence of Khashoggi's fate, but they have not shared any of the alleged material with the USA government or key European allies, Reuters reported.

But Pompeo, "who smiled broadly as he greeted Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, appeared less intent on determining the truth than in helping the de facto Saudi ruler escape from the crisis he triggered", said the Post.

Trump has assailed the media as "the enemy of the people" and "fake news", and has retweeted video of angry fans at his rallies jeering "CNN sucks" at reporters.

A team of Turkish investigators searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a second time as part of a probe into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an AFP correspondent.

Asked what outcome Saudi leaders would face if they are found to be responsible, he replied: "It will have to be very severe".

Just hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had told Trump the Saudis should be given "a few more days to complete" an investigation.

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Khashoggi, who had been living in the US , visited the consulate to file paperwork for his wedding and has not been seen since. U.S. media and officials have called on Ankara to release the evidence, but the Turkish investigators have not done so yet.

"I like them very much".

New reporting overnight could escalate a diplomatic crisis between the USA and Saudi Arabia. "It'll have to be very severe". "I mean it's bad, bad stuff, but we'll see what happens". "But we'll see what happens", Trump told reporters when asked what would be the consequences of such an unfortunate incident.

Mr. Trump said he would wait for the results of three different investigations before drawing conclusions. The crown prince is next in line for the throne, which is held by his ailing, aged father King Salman.

The adviser, Yasin Aktay, said that a little before 6 p.m., he called the Saudi ambassador in Ankara, Waleed Al Khereiji, who told him he had not heard anything about Khashoggi. "And we're working towards that, we're looking forward to that", Pompeo told reporters.

Meantime, former VP Joe Biden said the Trump administration "seems to have a love affair with autocrats" and authoritarian regimes.

"I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia", treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin tweeted, referring to the meet.

The Times has reported that audio evidence from senior Turkish government officials shows Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by Saudi agents.

Appearing on CBSN a year ago, Khashoggi himself warned the Trump administration's embrace of Saudi leadership could backfire, and he criticized the Saudi crown prince's behavior in foreign policy as "impulsive".

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