>> They said there would be a thorough, complete and transparent investigation.>> Departing from Riyadh to Turkey, America's top diplomat Mike Pompeo saying Saudi Arabia gave their word on investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Continuing those discussions in Ankara, the Secretary of State met with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, and his Turkish counterpart Wednesday.
He described their talks as beneficial and fruitful. Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's leadership was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went to collect paperwork. Even as US lawmakers, including prominent Trump ally Lindsey Graham pointed fingers at the Saudi leadership, it was all smiles in Riyadh.
US president Trump has given Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt. Tweeting, he spoke personally with the crown prince who denied any knowledge of what took place in their consulate. Turkish sources have told Reuters, the authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.
In Istanbul, the investigation is continuing. Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence on Wednesday. They have hoped to get in a day before, but Saudi officials asked to be present. Hours before the search was due to happen, the Saudi consul-general left the country for Riyadh. US media outlets have been reporting that Saudi Arabia will acknowledge Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.
It's been over two weeks since he went missing. The critic had been living in self imposed exile in Washington DC. An international demand for answers is growing louder. When Pompeo was asked whether Riyadh thought Khashoggi was dead or alive, he replied, they didn't talk about any of the facts.