Trump Accuses Saudis Of 'Lies' As Europe Condemns Khashoggi Killing

'Bin Salman sought most brutal for Khashoggi'

'Bin Salman sought most brutal for Khashoggi'

The senator added the United States should discontinue its arms sales to Saudi Arabia and have a serious discussion with Riyadh about "whether or not they want to be an ally or they want to be an enemy".

We ought to formally expel the Saudi Ambassador to the United States until there is a completion of a third party investigation into the kidnap and murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump said it was "possible" that the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know about the killing.

He extended his condolences to the family of the slain journalist.

Australia's prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: "We deplore the killing of Jamal Khashoggi". He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

Trump had initially said it was credible.

Trump, under tremendous pressure from lawmakers, has warned of severe punishment.

The Saudi admission, which came amid increasing pressure on Riyadh, has done little to ease worldwide demands for accountability.

He added that the Saudis are now working on finding out where Khashoggi's body is and determining the full details into what happened.

Officials from a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case early Thursday after searching the residence as well as the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder. "We're getting a lot of information in as we speak", he said. The denials became harder to maintain as the Turkish authorities leaked investigative details, many lurid, about the case to the local and worldwide news media. "These things have to be told in detail", Erdogan said.

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted on Friday, "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement". "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said, adding that the Saudi public prosecutor had ordered the detention of 18 individuals, "the first step in a long journey".

USA president Donald Trump said he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation was credible, but that what happened was "unacceptable".

But on Saturday, in an interview with The Washington Post, Mr Trump said, "Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies". He had suggested last week that "rogue killers" might have been responsible for Khashoggi's death, a comment critics called an effort to play down the crisis.

The crown prince has denied any involvement.

Asked if he believed the Saudi government's explanation, Mr Raab said: "No, I don't think it's credible". Saudi authorities said they had fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudi nationals as a result of the preliminary investigation.

King Salman, his father, appointed him to lead a committee that will restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after Khashoggi's slaying.

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