Saudi Arabia has pledged to retaliate economically for any US punitive action. "The strong moral and legal responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to call for the establishment of an independent and impartial global commission to inquire into the circumstances of his death", they said in the statement. "So far, he seems to have been quite headstrong on the whole thing and he hasn't backed down".
Khashoggi, who recently has been living in Virginia and writing columns for The Washington Post, hasn't been seen since October 2, when he entered the Saudi Consulate to handle paperwork for his upcoming marriage.
Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail US military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen.
If the autopsy specialist left Saudi Arabia for Istanbul before Khashoggi entered the consulate, as Turkish sources have asserted, it might be hard to square with the explanation that any killing was the result of a botched interrogation, and not premeditated. USA intelligence officials have reported they are certain the interference took place in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"Nonetheless, I think we've got to have a thorough investigation", Jordan continued.
The Saudi government's Center for International Communication didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
However, the U.S. president has repeatedly made clear that he will not risk billions of dollars in deals to sell weapons to the kingdom, which is a strategic ally in the tinder box Middle East. On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the USA were to impose strict measures. A Saudi-owned satellite channel later suggested the world's largest oil exporter could wield that production as a weapon against America.
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This was one of the reasons behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's election promise to legalize it for recreational use. Acreage Holdings announced Wednesday that Mulroney has joined its board.
President Donald Trump opened the door Monday to the possibility that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may drop out of a high-profile investor conference in Saudi Arabia next week.
"The evidence that there was some kind of operation seems strong, so to admit to nothing won't be seen as credible", Hertog said. Some police were in uniform while other officials were in suits carrying printers and files, an AFP correspondent said.
Turkey believes Khashoggi was deliberately killed in the Saudi consulate and his body was removed on Oct 2. Rubio said U.S. -Saudi relations may need to be "completely revised" and stressed the U.S. would lose credibility on human rights if the Trump administration remained silent.
Trump visited the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
Former Director of the CIA, John O. Brennan, stated that that the reasons for the Saudi leadership's denials of involvement in the case of Jamal Khashoggi is meaningless. "But if that support is not forthcoming, Erdogan may very well choose to pursue a less aggressive approach and offer the Saudis a way out".