Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind Khashoggi disappearance

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The Saudis are reportedly on the cusp of acknowledging Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, according to a CNN report.

While Turkish officials have not officially stated what they believe happened to Khashoggi, they have reportedly told the US that they have video and audio that suggests the journalist was tortured and murdered by a team of Saudis.

US President Donald Trump has suggested "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey. But Trump has said he is wary of halting US military sales to Saudi Arabia over the incident.

On October 2, Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor who was critical of Prince Mohammed's policies - was killed inside the mission, and lurid claims have even been leaked that he was tortured and even dismembered.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she told her Saudi counterpart Monday that she wants to see a "thorough and transparent" investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

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There was also a suggestion they had meant to abduct Khashoggi and take him to Saudi Arabia.

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Trump's comment came after a 20-minute phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in which Trump said the king adamantly denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

However, he told CBS News on Saturday that the USA was investigating the case which he called "really awful and disgusting" and that "there will be severe punishment".

Asked directly about those reports, Trump said later Monday "I just don't know" and added that he'll have to see what the Saudis say.

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Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed , in a case that has provoked an global outcry. He believes it is part of an escalating crackdown orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman , to silence his critics.

The crown prince, also known as MBS, has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.

The Saudi Gazette cited Article 6 of the Saudi Arabia's cybercrimes regulations which makes it against the law to breach "public order, religious values, public morals and privacy". "Who knows? We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon".

In August, Freeland sent a tweet condemning Saudi Arabia's decision to jail prominent women's rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah.

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"If Khashoggi had disappeared in Turkey when he was at a hotel or a private residence, I think there is plausible deniability on the part of the Saudi government", Brennan told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.

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