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Audio recording emerges of 'murder' of Saudi journalist

Audio recording emerges of 'murder' of Saudi journalist

Graham urged President Donald Trump to "sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia" and said bin Salman, who is often referred to by his initials, MBS, has "gotta go".

"Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish consulate", Trump wrote on Twitter after a short phone conversation with the heir to the Saudi throne.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

A latest AP report said that the Turkish police had found evidence in Saudi consulate that Khashoggi was killed there.

The case has strained U.S. -Saudi ties and cast a shadow over Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to overhaul the kingdom's economy and attract foreign investment.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Trump said.

That could, like Trump's softening comments, seek to give the kingdom a way out of the global firestorm of criticism over Khashoggi's fate.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested the Saudis might have covered up Khashoggi's murder as investigators found surfaces newly painted over, which could indicate an attempt to hide evidence. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, which the Saudis strongly deny.

Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian citizen and US resident who works for the Washington Post, was critical of Saudi's Prince Mohammed bin Salman's practices.

During his visit to Turkey, Pompeo will meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and during this meeting, a number of issues including the disappearance of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi will be discussed. "This guy's gotta go".

The Yeni Safak report cited what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi's slaying, which it said showed the writer was tortured.

The shocking details of the incident, uncovered by Turkish security and intelligence authorities, require a serious step from Riyadh and time is running against Saudi Arabia.

"Here we go again with you're guilty until proven innocent", Mr Trump said.

Jamal Khashoggi has always been feared killed at the consulate after he entered the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul on October 2 and was never seen exiting.

Turkish investigators began to search the consulate in Istanbul on Monday evening, but earlier in the day a cleaning crew was seen entering the consulate, according to The Washington Post.

He and Prince Mohammed "agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation", a US State Department spokeswoman said in Washington.

Turkish investigators were expected to carry out a search of the Saudi Consul General's residence in Istanbul later on Tuesday. "Khashoggi", and that "there needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and, if relevant, to identify those responsible. and ensure that they are held to account".

"They are trying to make fun of us and our willingness to cooperate", one of the officials said.