Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Turkey searches Saudi consulate as Trump speaks of ‘rogue killers’

Turkey searches Saudi consulate as Trump speaks of ‘rogue killers’

Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny.

On Monday, CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that Mr Khashoggi's death resulted from a botched interrogation, while The Wall Street Journal said the kingdom was weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Mr Khashoggi by mistake.

The Turkish security source confirmed that Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday, returning to Riyadh, hours before his residence was set to be searched. Khashoggi had fled the country past year amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post.

"Answers will be forthcoming shortly", Trump added. As Reuters notes, Google had announced an initiative to train aspiring tech workers at five "innovation hubs" throughout Saudi Arabia. "They have nothing but contempt", he said. This guy's got to go.

"They said it would be a thorough, complete and transparent investigation", he said. The U.S. president has been after King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran.

It's believed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) directly ordered the execution of Khashoggi over his criticism of the Saudi regime, according to USA intelligence intercepts.

Blaming Khashoggi's case on mistakes by lower-level personnel would allow the Saudi government to say it never sanctioned his disappearance, and could help to reduce worldwide outrage over the affair, a banker in the Gulf said.

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Separately, a high-level Turkish official speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity said police have found "certain evidence" during their search of the Saudi Consulate showing that Khashoggi was killed there.

Did the hit squad purported to have carried out Mr Khasoggi's murder have links to the Saudi government?

Turkish officials have identified 15 suspects they say flew to Istanbul and went to the consulate the day Khashoggi disappeared.

Pompeo is expected to go to Riyadh and later visit Turkey.

As Trump noted, blind faith in a denial ― even when strong evidence suggests otherwise ― is a familiar place for the president, as long as the denial is coming from someone he likes or considers an ally.

The New York Times said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi and the government would shield him by blaming an intelligence official.

Mr. Trump also said that his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was "lying" when he said under oath that Mr. Trump had directed him to use campaign funds to pay off two women who alleged that they had an affair with Mr. Trump. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", said Trump, adding that he hoped to get to the bottom of the matter soon. "We don't make deal - any deals for hostages or prisoners", he said.

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