Why hasn’t Jeff Bezos weighed in on Jamal Khashoggi?

Trump says he may consider sanctions over missing Saudi journalist

Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince, would be an extraordinary recognition of the magnitude of global backlash to hit the kingdom since the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi dissident.

Turkish police believe Mr Khashoggi's killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest, next to Istanbul, and near the rural city of Yalova, 90 kilometres (55 miles) away from the Turkish capital, senior officials have said.

Before Trump spoke, the administration announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had pulled out of a major upcoming Saudi investment conference and a US official said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader is at stake.

"I've heard no tape, I've seen no transcript", Pompeo told reporters overnight.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent to Riyadh on Tuesday, according to the administration, to press the Saudi leadership to get to the bottom of the case.

Turkish investigators have searched a forest in Istanbul as part of the probe into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, local media reported on Friday.

Reports have been circulating for days that the Turkish government has audio recordings of Khashoggi being interrogated and murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The $140 billion German business software firm says it is growing strongly in Saudi Arabia and opened its first data center in the desert kingdom this year.

A former regime insider, Khashoggi had become a critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the point man in ever-tightening military and commercial relations between the petro-state and the Trump administration.

The US president has been on the defensive ever since Khashoggi - a US resident and Washington Post contributor who had criticised Prince Mohammed - vanished on Oct 2 after visiting the Istanbul consulate. We trust that this investigation will provide clarity and answers regarding the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and permanent US resident, entered the consulate but never came out.

"It's very sad", Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One on a political trip. The Saudis agreed, he said, adding that "they also assured me that they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all the facts surrounding Mr Khashoggi and that they will do so in a timely fashion".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said it is a pity that Mr Khashoggi has gone missing, but that Russia can not damage relations with Saudi Arabia without hard facts.

Hours after his meeting with Pompeo, Trump told the New York Times in an interview that Khashoggi was assassinated, as per multiple intelligence sources.

"They said, 'We have audio on this".

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