Graham Slams Khashoggi Investigation, Points to Saudi Royal Family

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His disappearance and likely death has caused an global outcry and strained relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States and European countries.

Turkey has not shared with the USA government or key European allies graphic audio or video evidence it allegedly collected on US -based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's visit to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, seven USA and European security officials told Reuters.

US lawmakers have blamed the Saudi leadership and many high profile guests have pulled out of a major Saudi Arabia investment conference in protest.

Khashoggi, who had written critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for The Washington Post, disappeared two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

He said he told his foreign counterparts that "we take this matter very seriously", and said they reciprocated that sentiment.

"Those are important elements of USA national policy that are in American's best interest and we just need to make sure that we are mindful of that as we approach decisions that the United States government will take when we learn all of the facts associated with whatever may have taken place", Pompeo said.

Both the Turkish and Saudi governments are conducting separate investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Saudi Arabia's al-Arabiya broadcaster claimed the 15 men were "tourists".

Neither Turkey nor the United States has publicly confirmed that Khashoggi is dead or said officially that Riyadh is to blame. Turkish officials suspect that the Saudi "hit squad" used it to carry the body of the journalist from the consulate to the consul's residence. The Saudis have dismissed those reports as baseless but have yet to explain what happened to the writer.

And a senior U.S. official said Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader was at stake, reflecting the administration's concern about how the case could affect relations.

Trump previously said Saudi Arabia would face "severe punishment" if evidence points to Saudi leaders having been involved in harming Khashoggi, but his administration has softened its stance in recent days, touting the Saudi royals' repeated denials and even casting doubt on reported Turkish audio and video evidence. "You are going to get me in trouble". The Turkish government alleges he was murdered, a charge the Saudis have vehemently denied.

According to Turkish police, the US-based dissident journalist entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and never came out.

But the president said he was still waiting on the outcome of several investigations before drawing any conclusions.

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