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>> Being said, the king firmly denied any knowledge of it.>> President Trump's apparent willingness to accept Saudi King Salman's denials in the alleged killing of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi is putting Trump on a potential collision course with members of Congress. Including Republicans who have vowed severe consequences if Khashoggi's disappearance is traced to the Saudi Royal Court.
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Reuters reporter, Matt Spetalnick is on the story.>> Trump has come under a great deal of pressure, not only from Democrats on Capitol Hill, but from some of his own fellow Republicans.>> Key lawmakers wanna know what happened. And what Trump is doing here right now is trying to perhaps buy time so that the Saudis may have time to get their own story straight.
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>> Maybe these could have been rogue killers.>> The Saudis buy tens of billions of dollars per year in US arms and weaponry. So he's looking for a way to kind of lower the temperature.>> Senators response to Trump's rogue killers theory was swift and blistering. Democrat Chris Murphy, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, calling the comments ridiculous.
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And saying Trump have been quote, enlisted as PR agent for the Saudis. A bipartisan group of senators last week invoke a law know as the Global Magnitsky Act. Demanding Trump conduct an investigation that could result in severe sanctions against Riyadh.>> The administration will have to carry out the investigation if they find that there were Saudi officials were involved.
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That they can be targeted with asset freezes, bans on their travel to the United States, bans on Americans doing business with them.>> We should never accept that from anyone in the world.>> The case has provoked an international outcry after Khashoggi's disappearance October 2nd at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as his fiancee waited outside.
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Turkish officials alleged Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a team sent on orders from Riyadh. A charge the Saudis have firmly denied. Saudi King Salman ordered an internal investigation, but suspicions is swirling around Salman's own son. Crown Prince Mohammad Ben Salman whom Khashoggi had sharply criticized since his rise to power last year.
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Trump and son-in-law, Jared Kushner have forged close ties to the 34-year-old crown prince who has styled himself as a reformer. But who has also presided over a sharp crackdown against internal dissent, and a bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen, resulting in many civilian deaths.