In remarkably measured statements that made no mention of the murder claim, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has expressed hope that Khashoggi would turn up alive and urged Riyadh to prove the journalist left the consulate. As it escalates, WWE could potentially be forced to sever ties with the country, and Murphy's words are particularly pertinent to their business as he represents the state in which WWE HQ is based.
Protesters hold posters of Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the consulate on Monday. Turkish authorities claim they believe he was killed in the building, but Saudi officials have denied this, and the case remains shrouded in mystery.
President Donald Trump has also weighed in, calling the incident "a very serious situation for us and this White House".
US Senator Chris Murphy emphasized that if Saudi Arabia had a plan to capture and kill Khashoggi, it was "time for the United States to rethink our military, political and economic relationship with Saudi Arabia". He was reportedly distrustful of the offers and resolute that returning to Saudi Arabia would be risky for him, a critic of the regime.
"He shared with me that they only livestream their tapes", Corker said, according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju.
Fifty-nine-year-old Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, has been missing since last Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate to gather documents for marriage. "And we want do get to the bottom of it", the U.S. president said.
Trump declined to say whom he talked with in the Saudi government.
A separate Post report on Wednesday said that USA officials intercepted communications between Saudi officials before he went missing on 2 October discussing plans to capture Khashoggi and lure him back to Saudi Arabia.
Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily - to which Khashoggi contributed as a columnist - reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a "rendition".
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The tension between the two countries is nothing new - their mutual dislike goes back to the days of the Ottoman Empire. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", Pompeo said in a statement .
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In his first remarks about the disappearance, President Trump told reporters Monday afternoon that he was concerned. Khashoggi, 59, had a long career as a senior journalist in Saudi Arabia and also as an adviser to top officials.
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Rubio is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has called for an investigation into whether Saudi Arabia should face human rights sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.
Another journalist and commentator, Turad al-Amri, has been missing since November 2016 after protesting in a tweet to a clampdown on Saudi media, including the blocking of an online newspaper for which he had written.
RSF said at least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested since September 2017.
"I think that would be hurting us", Trump said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the United States was ready to help in any way in the investigation.
The US treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will represent the Trump administration, while other prominent figures scheduled to take part are Jamie Dimon, the chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, Stephen Schwarzman, the chief executive of the Blackstone Group, and Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of Uber.
It was not clear whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said.
Mujtahid said that the Turkish judicial authorities are already in possession of sufficient proof and evidence to prove the Saudi government's role in Khashoggi's death, but they are waiting for completion of the legal and judicial process so that the final report would condemn bin Salman. Trump was briefly asked about the disappearance at the White House on Tuesday.
"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them", Corker added, according to The Beast.