Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

MSNBC Host Suggests Saudis Are Bribing Trump So They Can Assassinate Critics

MSNBC Host Suggests Saudis Are Bribing Trump So They Can Assassinate Critics

"We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country".

"At this stage, our priority is to support the investigation, as opposed to responding to evolving comments not directly related to those efforts".

"I think that would be hurting us", he said. "I thought that I would learn so much from him", she said.

"If it did happen there would be hell to pay", Graham said.

Khashoggi's case and the fact that there are no American ambassadors in either Ankara or Riyadh have prompted concerns about dozens of unfilled senior State Department positions nearly two years into Trump's presidency. A third appeared to be a special forces soldier who worked as a bodyguard to Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer US ally under President Donald Trump.

The Saudis have called accusations that they are responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance "baseless".

Sabah daily on Wednesday published the names and images of what it called the "assassination team" including a man called Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy whose name it said matched that of a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensic department.

Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she waited for him and he never came back out on October 2.

The disappearance of USA resident Jamal Khashoggi after visiting a Saudi consulate in Turkey has thrust the Trump administration's large number of diplomatic vacancies back into the spotlight.

This time, however, it acknowledged for the first time that Saudi Arabia was accused of killing Khashoggi.

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Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15-man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad".

Other members included alleged Saudi intelligence officers and special forces troops, Turkish media said.

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi vanished October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was dismembered. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey. Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States would be "punishing" itself by halting military sales to Saudi Arabia even if it is proven that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the country's consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi monarchy and had been living in self-imposed exile in the USA, writing columns for The Washington Post.

Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed. "But I don't want to rush to judgment", Corker said on Tuesday.

Friends of Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighborhood as part of their investigation.

Turkish officials said they believed he was killed inside the consulate.

By 7 p.m., six of the Saudis left by the newly arrived private plane, flying on to Cairo and remaining overnight until heading back to Riyadh, according to Sabah and other media reports. Twelve of them arrived early on Tuesday, based on photos captured at passport control which it published.

RSF also released a report on Wednesday that found that at least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year.

It did not say how it obtained the pictures and data.

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