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Turkish police leave Saudi consulate after 9-hour search for Khashoggi DNA traces (VIDEO) Pompeo Meets Saudi King As Outage Mounts Over Writer's Disappearance
Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2018, 12:48

The Turkish inspection team included a prosecutor, a deputy prosecutor, anti-terror police, and forensic experts, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to that reported claim, the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself.

Overnight, Turkish crime scene investigators entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the last place Khashoggi was seen before vanishing on October 2, for the first time and searched the premises for over nine hours, Reuters witnesses said.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was due to meet the king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Istanbul consulate.

Turkish police officers arrive at the Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 15, 2018.

Saudi officials insisted the Washington Post columnish, who was often critical of the Saudi government, left the building through another exit, but have not provided evidence.

Butler, who planned to promote his new movie "Hunter Killer", about a standoff between a USA submarine and Russian forces, said neither the US government nor the Navy asked him not to visit the country.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

Turkish authorities have told MEE that they have video and audio recordings of the journalist's alleged murder, and found evidence of blood in the consulate's sewerage system before being allowed into the consulate. Khashoggi - a Washington Post columnist - wrote articles that portrayed a very different narrative than the one pushed by the legions of Saudi boosters in the West.

Trump's warning drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

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The Saudi report would likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held accountable, CNN reported. Pompeo was welcomed by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on landing; he made no remarks to the media.

Pompeo addressed reporters Thursday after briefing President Trump at the White House on his talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

"I've been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate", Graham said.

Saudi Arabia has been under intense global pressure to explain Khashoggi's apparent death, which has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West.

"We also had the chance to talk about lots of other elements of the relationship between our two countries", Pompeo told reporters.

Turkish officials have drip fed the media details of their investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance. The Sabah daily newspaper said investigators had wanted to search the building with luminol, a chemical which shows up any traces of blood.

Whoever made the decision to abduct or eliminate Khashoggi appears to have miscalculated or completely failed to anticipate the human-impact factor that is sweeping away Beltway goodwill toward Saudi Arabia and inflicting enormous reputational damage on the kingdom.

US Congress have invoked "Magnitsky Act 22" compelling US president to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but Donald Trump has repeatedly cautioned this, taken into cognizance the proposed Saudi Arabia $110 billion arms deal it had with US.

King Salman ordered an investigation into the missing journalist on Monday.

Saudi officials have not answered repeated requests for comment over recent days from the AP. On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the USA were to impose strict measures.