White House calls for justice in Khashoggi case, lawmakers criticize Saudi statement

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The Saudi government acknowledged early Saturday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fist fight.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, October 2, 2018. His fiancée was waiting outside for several hours.

How did they explain it?

Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.

The announcement could ease strains with the USA and Turkey but leaves lingering questions about the extent of Prince Mohammed's role in and knowledge of the incident.

"We must carefully examine both the facts surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance as well as our relationship with Saudi Arabia, and I call on the President to take strong action in unwavering defence of our values".

Why did a top Saudi Forensics official come to Turkey and carried with him a bone saw, if all that Saudi Officials wanted to do was to interrogate Khashoggi?

The Republican Graham tweeted: "To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement".

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The Saudi king also ordered the setting up of a ministerial body under the chairmanship of the crown prince, widely known as MBS, to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers accurately", state media said.

In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi's disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday.

King Salman issued an order to remove Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to the state-run Ikhbariya television.

A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul or to another city - if and after he was killed inside the consulate earlier this month. A person with knowledge of the matter said the Washington Post contributor died after he was placed in a choke hold following a physical altercation.

If Khashoggi was fighting inside the consulate, he was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him", Schiff said, adding that if the Trump administration won't hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi's death, Congress will. In this instance, however, we think the market is right to discount the bullish risk of what reportedly happened to Khashoggi for two reasons; 1- neither the USA nor Saudi Arabia want to see higher oil prices and... Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the number-two official in the country's intelligence service.

But growing global pressure and comments by USA officials up to President Donald Trump forced the kingdom to acknowledge Khashoggi's death.

Shortly before Riyadh confirmed that Khashoggi had been killed, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed in telephone talks to continue cooperation in the investigation into the Khashoggi affair.

Khashoggi, who lived in suburban Washington, was a former insider who turned into a critic of the kingdom's direction under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Asiri is believed to have been chief architect of the war with Yemen, and was previously the Saudi-led coalition spokesman in the kingdom's war against Yemen's Houthi rebels.

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