Jared Kushner Dodges Questions About Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Jared Kushner Dodges Questions About Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Jared Kushner Dodges Questions About Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Trump made the remark after news broke this morning on a Saudi operative who dressed in Khashoggi's clothes after he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and has not been seen since. Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and that several top intelligence officials were fired.

Turkish pro-government media has said the team interrogated, tortured and decapitated Khashoggi but a pro-government columnist Abdulkadir Selvi on Monday wrote in Hurriyet daily that Khashoggi was strangled to death before he was cut up into 15 pieces.

He told MPs: 'We have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security co-operation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain.

Saudi authorities have said Khashoggi died in a "brawl" with Saudi officials at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, the latest in a series of conflicting explanations for his death.

"Corker is also calling on Turkey, which has said it has tapes from Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to turn them over to the United States".

Turkish officials claim he was killed and dismembered in the consulate.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake", but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware.

"Once it became clear these initial mission reports were false, it launched an internal investigation and refrained from further public comment", the official said, adding that the investigation is continuing. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover it up. "That is unacceptable to the government".

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Turkish forensic officers leave the Saudi consulate.

Turkish officials have been leaking a steady drip feed of details from the investigation to journalists but they have yet to release a key audio recording which sources say exists from inside the Saudi consulate.

The kingdom's announcement Saturday that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

He also dismissed claims of "bargaining" between Saudi Arabia and Turkey as "immoral". "The president's focused on what's good for America, what are our strategic interests, where do we share interests with other countries - let's work towards those", Kushner said.

Trump was quoted in the Post over the weekend as playing down Kushner's relations with Saudi Arabia and the crown prince. Numbers provided by the stock exchange on Sunday show that Saudi institutional investors were net buyers of 7.8 billion riyals in the week ended October 18, the highest value since June 2017.

Erdogan spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone Sunday.

Citing people briefed on the call, the newspaper says the crown prince asked Kushner, "Why the outrage", and noted that "government officials and business leaders had turned from lavishing praise on the prince to criticizing him".

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