Audio offers gruesome details of Khashoggi killing, Turkish official says

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Nauert, also the acting under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, accompanied Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on a trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia this week to meet with the country's leaders to discuss journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

Pompeo told reporters that he advised Trump that Saudi Arabia should be given a few more days to complete its investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, which has caused an global outcry and strained Saudi relations with western countries and corporations.

"If you look at Saudi Arabia, they're an ally, and they're a tremendous purchaser of, not only military equipment, but other things", Trump said Wednesday. I don't like that. "We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned", he told the Associated Press.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the administration had requested access to recorded evidence from the Turkish authorities "if it exists" and that it "probably does".

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies and columnist for the Washington Post who was living in the United States, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get marriage documents.

Turkish officials have told CNN that Khashoggi's body was dismembered after he was killed in the consulate, and a source said that the father of four, who was 59 years old when he disappeared, may have been injected with some kind of tranquilizer.

"I. could go on about places where the Saudis and the Americans are working together", the top US diplomat said.

He visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month to get a document for his upcoming wedding, but never came out and has been missing ever since.

Khashoggi, a former regime insider who became critical of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, wrote articles for titles including the Washington Post.

The president said he would get a "full report" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat's return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders, allowing him to assess what really happened.

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But Pompeo declined to say anything about the tapes, initially telling reporters, "I don't have anything to say about that".

The president also denied that his cautious approach to Saudi Arabia over the allegations was covering for a U.S. ally.

The sequence of events has proved striking: on Monday, the USA president mentioned the possibility that "rogue killers" may have been behind the disappearance.

Turkish investigators on Wednesday scoured the residence of Saudi consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi for evidence in the case, after doing the same at the consulate Tuesday.

In both of these extra-judicial murders by agents of the governments of US allies the USA response has been shameful, though the non-response in the case of young Dogan is far worse given that he was not just a legal resident of the USA but a citizen.

Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: "They didn't talk about any of the facts".

USA senators have triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.

A senior Turkish official confirmed the details that were published in the pro-government daily newspaper Yeni Safak.

Turkish forensic and investigation officers arrive at the Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul.

Several U.S. media outlets reported on Monday that the Saudi side was preparing a report that Khashoggi's death was a result of a botched interrogation.

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