Saudi Arabia's full statement on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

"If "initial investigations" found that he died, why did Saudi claim he left the consulate; this new claim is nearly Stalinist in its unbelievability, even if many people will parrot this as the truth for their own interests", Page wrote on Twitter.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, state media said, two weeks after his disappearance sparked global furore.

Before the Saudi announcements, Trump said he might consider sanctions, although he has also appeared unwilling to distance himself too much from the Saudis, citing Riyadh's role in countering Iranian influence in the Middle East and lucrative potential arms deals.

The kingdom has arrested 18 people whom they claim are connected to the incident, reported The Guardian.

Oct 10: US President Donald Trump wades into the case, saying he has spoken to the Saudi authorities and that the US is working closely with Turkey.

In statements that followed, the kingdom announced the firing of four top intelligence officials, including Major General Ahmed bin Hassan Assiri, a one-time spokesman for the Saudi military's campaign in Yemen who later became a confidant of Prince Mohammed.

Saudi Arabia will now begin a full investigation of the incident, with a deadline of one month to produce a report. "I do." He hailed the new information as a good "first step".

The Saudi public prosecutor didn't disclose details on the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body or who was involved in the altercation.

"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".

Mr Khashoggi had been a critic of bin Salman but Reuters news agency quoted a person familiar with the Saudi investigation as insisting that the crown prince had no knowledge of the operation that killed the journalist.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the White House said it is "saddened" to know about the Khashoggi's death.

Earlier Friday, Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his country has not provided the audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged killing to American officials but promised that Turkey would "share with the world" the results of its investigation, according to Anadolu.

Salman - who is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Al-al-Haram (in Mecca) and Al-an-Nabawi (in Medina) - ordered that a ministerial committee is formed to restructure the General Intelligence Presidency, modernize its regulations and define its powers.

In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will closely follow worldwide investigations into Mr Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

Saudi Arabia's admission comes after Turkish authorities widened their probe on Friday, searching a forest in Istanbul where the body might have been dumped and interviewing the consulate's staff. "If (the Trump) administration doesn't lead, Congress must", Congressman Adam Schiff said.

In its official acknowledgement of Khashoggi's murder on on October 4, the Saudi government said the WaPo columnist was put into a choke hold that led to his death.

Oct 19: Saudi television says that a preliminary investigation has found that Mr Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight at the Saudi consulate.

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