Congress Threatens Sanctions Against Saudi Arabia over Journalist Disappearance

The image taken from Turkey's Daily Sabah shows 15 Saudi operatives suspected of having killed Kamal Khashoggi upon his arrival at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

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In it, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy states his belief that if the recent disappearance of journalist Jamal Khasshoggi shortly after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey is found to be murder, it should mean "a fundamental break in [the USA's] relationship with Saudi Arabia".

Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been the Trump administration's point person on Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi critic and journalist went missing on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to deal with paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. "Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the government of Saudi Arabia". According to the New York Times, officials in Istanbul believe he was killed on orders from the royal court of Saudi Arabia. According to Ankara there is no evidence to show he left the consulate, while Riyadh claims he left the same day.

Turkish, US and British intelligence sources have told press, privately, that Khashoggi was likely murdered at the consulate at the request of the Saudi leadership.

Turkish media released police CCTV surveillance videos said to be of a Saudi "assassination squad". Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

"We don't know what happened", he said.

Republican Senator Rand Paul also said this week that he would attempt to force a vote in the Senate blocking United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia, if the reports about Khashoggi's disappearance prove true. "We're probably getting closer than you might think".

"We can not let this happen - to reporters, to anybody", he added during the Oval Office meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator.

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The Post, citing anonymous USA officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia, where he lived most recently, to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. The uniform nature of these reports and their detailed nature suggest the Turkish government is feeding intelligence reports to the media for publication.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S.is continuing to monitor the unfolding investigation in Istanbul, but offered no information about what the crown prince told the US officials about Khashoggi's disappearance.

President Donald Trump has expressed reservations over calls to withhold further USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia as the us looks into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered by his own government.

We were going to take my siblings and some of our closest friends to dinner to share the good news. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is now scheduled to attend the event. There wouldn't be a Saudi Arabia without the United States, because we've protected them. He wanted to build on his years of professional experience to become an influential journalist in Washington, as the Arab world set the stage for major developments.

Trump said the U.S. is doing well economically in part due to "what we are doing with our defense systems", and said, "frankly I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

This image taken from surveillance camera shows a still image of people inside Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.

Mr Erdogan has previously challenged Saudi Arabia to provide proof of its version of events - that Mr Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi monarchy, had left the consulate "after a few minutes or one hour". No one has produced any such footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate.

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