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On October 5 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tells Bloomberg that Khashoggi is not inside the consulate and "we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", which is Saudi sovereign territory.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a prominently critic of the authoritarian kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and his body removed. Kavanaugh denied the allegations and was confirmed to the court. Several officials CNN spoke with said the mission could not have happened without the direct knowledge of the 33-year-old crown prince, the kingdom's de facto ruler, who is known by his initials "MBS".

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"If it exists we have asked for it", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

President Donald Trump on Monday floated the idea that "rogue killers" were involved.

The Yeni Safak report cited what it described as an audio recording of Mr Khashoggi's death, which it said showed the writer was tortured.

He was reportedly killed soon after entering the building. Investigators said the search will take place Wednesday, according to state broadcaster TRT. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed that Pompeo had not heard any audio recording purporting to indicate Khashoggi was killed. According to the report, Turkish officials provided them with copies of the documents.

Trump's remarks were his most robust defense yet of the Saudis.

France, Germany and Britain on Sunday expressed concerns over the case, calling for "a credible investigation" into the incident.

But he refused to say whether he thought Khashoggi was alive or dead or who could be responsible.

Mr Pompeo told reporters that the regime "made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official".

A team of Saudi officials went into the residence on Wednesday afternoon and police arrived to again put up barricades amid reports the search could happen. Their search included the roof and garage, and employed a drone to surveil the premises.

The consul general himself, who has not been seen in public since the scandal erupted, left Turkey on a commercial flight to Riyadh hours before his house became part of the criminal investigation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) poses with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (left) during the family photo of the 13th Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit at Istanbul Congress Center (ICC) on April 14, 2016.

One of the passport scans appears to belong to Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, listed as the head of forensic medicine at the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

One suspect, Mr Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, was a diplomat assigned to the Saudi embassy in London in 2007, it said, citing a British diplomatic roster.

Asked if the United States would be willing to walk away from Saudi Arabia, Trump said: "I do not want to do that and frankly they have a tremendous order, $110 billion", referring to a promised USA arms sales to the kingdom.

The editorial argued that what "should not be acceptable is a diplomatic cleanup operation conducted by the Trump administration for" Saudi Arabia.


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