Interrogation gone wrong, rogue killers: What happened to Saudi journalist?

There are suspicions Khashoggi was targeted due to his criticism of Saudi crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

"Think of that, $110 billion".

Trump said on Monday he had spent about 20 minutes on the phone with King Salman, who denied having any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

US President Donald Trump, after speaking with King Salman, had dispatched Pompeo to speak to the monarch of the world's top oil exporter over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Pompeo was expected in Turkey on Wednesday to meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, after talks in Riyadh.

The Saudis will say the operation was carried out "without clearance" from the ruling royal family, CNN reports. The new story could also defuse some criticism of the Trump administration, which has refused to back down from billions of dollars in weapons sales to the kingdom and as of Monday was still planning to attend a glittering Saudi investment forum next week. Some of the lawmakers criticized Trump for such a statement.

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.

Heisbourg said a Saudi oil embargo would make USA shale oil producers "rub their hands" in glee. "This is not leadership".

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In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, Jamal Khashoggi looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. "Absolutely extraordinary they were able to enlist the president as their PR agent to float it", said Chris Murphy, a Democrat senator.

King Salman also ordered prosecutors to launch an internal Saudi probe. Trump himself said without offering evidence that Khashoggi could have been murdered by "rogue killers", offering the US-allied kingdom a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

A demonstrator dressed as Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) with blood on his hands protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018, demanding justice for missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A day earlier he called on Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Ambassador to the United States. "I emphasised that those responsible must be held to account. And if that is the case, I do not believe the USA should continue to be party to supporting the Saudis in the bloodshed in Yemen - a halt that is long overdue given the humanitarian disaster resulting from that conflict", Durbin said.

That has firmed up a growing belief in Western circles that the prince who fueled a war in Yemen to the point of humanitarian disaster, imposed an intemperate blockade against Qatar, arrested a clutch of Saudi elites for money and took two weeks to come up with a passable explanation for Khashoggi's fate is not ready for the throne. On Monday, the Glover Park Group, which had a $150,000-per-month contract to represent the Saudi government, and the BGR Group, with an $80,000-per-month contract, both ended the relationships, according to people familiar with the situations.

But the New York Times called that figure "wildly inflated and misleading", saying the package in question "essentially consisted of letters of intent or interest, not actual contracts".

Meanwhile, the chiefs of Blackstone and BlackRock, two major U.S. investment firms, joined an exodus of executives pulling out of Crown Prince's "Davos in the Desert" summit. "Saudi govt payments violate our Constitution's chief public corruption prohibition".

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