Turkish, Saudi officials enter consulate in Istanbul amid joint Khashoggi probe

Steven Mnuchin

Steven Mnuchin

Senators Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake, two Republican members of the foreign relations committee, said Congress was prepared to move quickly and firmly if Trump failed to adequately respond to the October 2 disappearance of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said he had sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia and raised the possibility that "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey almost two weeks ago.

So far it still remains unclear how Trump would "punish" the kingdom economically over the journalist's disappearance, but major figures in the US Congress, such as Florida Senator Marco Rubio, have suggested halting arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators it said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team which arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

Turkish officials have said authorities believe he was murdered and his body removed, allegations that Saudi Arabia has denied.

Trump said "nobody knows yet" what happened inside the consulate, "but we'll probably be able to find out" if Salman ordered Khashoggi's murder.

The Saudi government is preparing to say that the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the result of an interrogation by Saudi operatives that went wrong, two sources close to the Saudi kingdom tell CBS News.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" if it is determined that Saudi Arabia is behind the journalist's disappearance.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team has entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey today to conduct a search, according to Reuters.

"We are going to leave nothing uncovered", Trump told reporters.

Kudlow also said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin would be attending a Saudi conference this week to address terrorist financing, but those plans could change as details of the investigation become available.

Manchester United did not comment on Monday night about reports that Saudi Arabia is interested in buying the club.

"It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", he added. Germany, France and Britain also jointly called for a "credible investigation". If the Saudi economy does suffer happen, Ulrichsen said that would hit bin Salman "where it really hurts". Chief Executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co.

Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund, which hosts the conference, invested $3.5 billion in Uber in 2016, making it one of the company's largest investors. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince.

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, [and] that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy", it continued.

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