Khashoggi killed in interrogation 'gone wrong'

A joint team of Turkish and Saudi Arabian investigators finally entered the consulate this afternoon after days of wrangling between the nations

The scans, obtained by NBC News from Turkish officials, show the photo-and-bio pages of seven Saudi passports that Turkish officials say belonged to seven of the 15 Saudis who arrived in Istanbul ahead of Khashoggi's disappearance. "They had come to kill him", the source said. Khashoggi was a USA resident who wrote columns for the Washington Post and he was critical of the Saudi government, calling for reforms.

Saudi operatives were reportedly told they should listen to music as journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered, an audio recording indicates, according to a new report.

Nauert said Pompeo called Trump and National Security adviser John Bolton to update them on the meetings. Saudi Arabia's Consul General to Istanbul, Mohammed al Otaibi is reported to have left Turkey.

Jamal Khashoggi has always been feared killed at the consulate after he entered the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul on October 2 and was never seen exiting.

Saudi Arabia is considering an admission that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during an interrogation that went wrong, U.S. media reported yesterday. As they sat down for their first meeting, the crown prince, in English, told Pompeo, "We are strong and old allies".

Saudi Arabia has long sought to diversify away from its reliance on the United States and has increasingly stepped up its engagement with China, its largest trading partner with US$42.36 billion in bilateral trade in 2017. Both the Times and CNN caution that the details of the Saudi's report, based on tips from anonymous sources familiar with the Saudi investigation, could change.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican close to Trump on some issues, called the crown prince a "toxic" figure, adding, "He can never be a world leader on the world stage".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hand with a Saudi official before leaving Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 17, 2018.

"He had this guy murdered in the consulate in Turkey".

The president spoke with Saudi King Salman on Monday, who Trump said insisted he did not have any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi. "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

But late Monday evening-after Turkish authorities placed high iron barriers in front of the consulate-a motorcade of six cars drew up and Turkish police and prosecutors entered the premises.

But hours before the Turkish forensic team arrived, journalists photographed a cleaning crew entering the consulate, hauling buckets, mops and what appeared to be bottles of cleaning solution.

In Istanbul, meanwhile, investigators entered the consulate for their own investigation.

On Tuesday, Trump told The Associated Press that the "rogue killers" suggestion resulted from his "feeling" of his conversation with Salman, and it was not wording used by the king.

"I don't want to get into his mind - but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said. Those are all indications Trump is sticking by Saudi Arabia, the first country he visited as president in 2017.

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