Britain, France, and Germany Issue Joint Statement Condemning Saudi Journalist Killing

The US president, meanwhile, was trying to walk a fine line by deflecting questions on the royal family's involvement and flip-flopping on the issue when possible not to damage close ties with the country's de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.

Some have speculated that the introduction of this unknown person could allow the Saudis to duck responsibility for the state of Khashoggi's corpse if and when it is found. In the past, military exports by Berlin to Saudi have mostly consisted of patrol boats.

But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince.

Britain rolled out the red carpet for the Crown Prince in March. The Saudi foreign minister has since called his death a "huge and grave mistake".

- Oct 5: Crown Prince Mohammed told journalists from Bloomberg that Khashoggi had left the consulate after "a few minutes or one hour".

"I would respectfully urge members of Congress to wait until they have the facts and then judge the results of the facts and take positions then", he said.

He said it was premature to discuss sanctions, in line with Trump administration efforts to censure a killing that has drawn global outrage while also protecting relations with the Saudis. Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record since the Saudis admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

She also reiterated the federal government's call for a thorough investigation in collaboration with Turkish officials.

Why the team had not been required to report the mission's outcome to its superiors remains unclear.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who has remained largely silent, even as Turkey's pro-Government media reported gruesome allegations about how Khashoggi was killed - said he would reveal "necessary details" about the case later in the week. "It's the only thing the Saudis will listen to", said Paul.

But growing global pressure and comments by USA officials up to President Donald Trump forced the kingdom to acknowledge Khashoggi's death.

"This is the most in-your-face move by an Middle East ally", Graham said. Turkish sources say the authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder inside the consulate.

Twenty-five more people will be quizzed as witnesses, the private NTV broadcaster said, without providing any further details. That would be a violation of diplomatic protocol and could embarrass Turkey. However, he has pushed back again any effort to cancel the mega United States dollars 110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia asserting that such a move will hurt U.S. economy and jobs. We want to make sure that those who are responsible are punished and we want to make sure we have procedures in place to prevent it from happening again.

  • Jon Douglas