TURKISH President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday vowed to reveal within days the "naked truth" over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Riyadh said it did not know the whereabouts of his body and that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been unaware of any operation to murder him.
While the claim has not been verified by officials in public, Turkish authorities have consistently leaked details of the investigation to pro-government media outlets and their reports have been largely accurate.
A member of the team then dressed in Mr Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.
Perhaps the strongest words came from Lindsey Graham, a strong Trump ally in the Senate who called for Prince Mohammed to "be removed".
"Still, Trump has offered kind words for Mohammed bin Salman, and his father, King Salman, repeating their denials that they were involved in Khashoggi's killing. They made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi". Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder.
One vehicle visited the Belgrad Forest, a large forest area on the outskirts of Istanbul, while the other vehicle went to the city of Yalova, an hour's drive from the consulate. Later on Sunday, the Saudi monarch, King Salman, and the crown prince called Khashoggi's son, Salah Khashoggi, to express their condolences, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Turkish officials believe he was murdered by a team of Saudi agents inside the building.
However, the new narrative - that Khashoggi was accidentally strangled after a brawl erupted between him and officials inside the consulate - was greeted with scepticism and condemnation from the global community.
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The Saudis have laid out different versions of the circumstances that led to the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince, who was not seen after entering the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2.
Trump has repeatedly said over the last week that he opposes any effort to impede more than $100 billion in USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, but that he would consider sanctions on the kingdom.
At last 18 people have been detained and several officials have been fired in relation to Khashoggi's death. But in an interview with The Post late Saturday, Trump conceded that there had been "deception".
President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the USA response. "We have $450 billion, $110 billion of which is a military order, but this is equipment and various things ordered from Saudi Arabia", he said.
"He was killed in the consulate", Jubeir said.
"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible". "That is unacceptable to the government".