>> I said it would be a thorough, complete and transparent investigation.>> Departing from Riyadh for Turkey, America's top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, saying Saudi Arabia gave their word on investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamahal Khashoggi. Continuing those discussions in Ankara, the Secretary of State met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Turkish counterpart Wednesday, who 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 Linsdey Graham, pointed fingers at the Saudi leadership, 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.
Later in an interview he said guilty until proven innocent. In Istanbul the investigation is continuing. Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. Much of the investigation is focused on the Saudi consulate where Jamal Kashoggi disappeared. But now, Turkish authorities want to search inside here, the Saudi consul general's residence.
One search has already been called off because the Saudi authorities say that they couldn't be present. And yesterday, the Saudi consul general suddenly 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.