Congressional Leaders Reject Saudi Story on Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud chats with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The president's response to the Saudi accounts has likewise changed from day to day. "Defending freedom of the press is a key priority for Finland", the tweet read.

In addition to the arrests, two senior officials have been sacked over the affair - deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Said Arabia has said the first results of an ongoing investigation has shown that US-based journalist Jamal Kashoggi died in in Istanbul's Saudi consulate. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Ankara would reveal the full truth surrounding his death on Tuesday, after his country previously stated that the journalist was killed by a Saudi assassination squad.

Earlier this week, Saudi authorities said that a fight had broken out between Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his interlocutors at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, with the altercation leading to his death. Graham said he doesn't believe the explanation and that there is no way such an act inside a government building would go unnoticed by top government officials.

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On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump joined European leaders in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers after Riyadh changed its story and acknowledged that the journalist died on October 2 at its consulate in Istanbul.

He also said that they did not know the details of killing, and "where the body is".

Unnamed officials speaking to Reuters news agency and the New York Times say the Saudis did not know the whereabouts of the body after it was handed to a "local collaborator" to dispose of. He said 18 people have been detained in connection to the probe. "I think everything should be on the table".

Lawmakers from both parties, several of whom had been briefed on the US intelligence, immediately rejected the Saudi account as lacking credibility. The crown prince has denied any involvement.

Overnight, investigators questioned staff and explored whether his remains could have been dumped outside Istanbul after his suspected killing, Turkish media and a security official said. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up", Jubeir said.

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