Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after nine hours

US Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin taking an ear piece out during a joint press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin Germany 16 March 2017

Earlier Monday, US President Donald Trump told reporters that King Salman of Saudi Arabia strongly denied that his government had any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi officials are expected to claim that the mission was initiated to interrogate Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the government, not to kill him.

One CNN source cautioned that the report was still being prepared and could change, while another said it will likely conclude the operation took place without clearance, and that those involved will be held responsible.

Trump sent Pompeo to meet with the Saudi king in Riyadh on Monday and said Pompeo may travel to Turkey as well.

In other words: The Saudis' official defense is, reportedly, "We only wanted to torture and kidnap the dissident journalist, but the Crown Prince's friend got a little too enthusiastic, and accidentally killed him". "Secretary Mnuchin should immediately cancel his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and after a two year delay, the Trump Administration should finally nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia". In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.

"I sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers". Most recently Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced he will no longer be attending the event, saying, "I'm very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi". "Determining what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is something of great importance to the president", she said.

The person said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or rendition of Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of sending a team of 15 men to interrogate and kill Khashoggi and dismember his body with a bone saw before flying it back to his native country.

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Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

The State Department has urged a thorough investigation and called on Saudi Arabia to be transparent about the results - advice broadly tracking messages from allies in Europe. Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance on 2 October without being stopped.

He has already ruled out halting a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because of the impact it would have on American jobs.

There was already mounting concern over civilian deaths caused by a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen's civil war and some have said Washington should block military sales to Riyadh if the allegations over Mr Khashoggi are proven.

Prince Mohammed has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen".

"Global investors are seriously reconsidering their deals with Saudi Arabia due to pressure from the media and their customers", Günter Meyer, the Director of the Centre for Research on the Arab World at the University of Mainz, told DW.

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