Audio recording emerges of 'murder' of Saudi journalist

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Earlier this week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with both Saudi and Turkish officials to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance.

A close friend of Khashoggi, Turan Kislakci, told ABC News in an interview on Wednesday that Turkish government and security officials had told him that Khashoggi was dead.

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

Saudi Arabia denies the killing but, under pressure from Britain, France and Germany, only recently began an investigation.

A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city after his suspected killing at the consulate earlier this month.

A source familiar with the Turkish investigation has told CNN that Saudi intelligence officer and former diplomat Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb played a "pivotal role" in the apparent assassination of Khashoggi. Turkish officials have reportedly said they have recordings indicating that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he traveled there on routine business.

Khashoggi had lived in the U.S. in self-imposed exile since 2017 and the Trump administration is under mounting pressure, including from Republican lawmakers, to hold the Saudi government, an ally and major buyer of American defence equipment, to account.

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If there was any doubt as to why the Saudis might think the leadership of this country would look the other way on the atrocity they are alleged to have committed against our colleague Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump erased it Thursday night.

Trump previously said Saudi Arabia would face "severe punishment" if evidence points to Saudi leaders having been involved in harming Khashoggi, but his administration has softened its stance in recent days, touting the Saudi royals' repeated denials and even casting doubt on reported Turkish audio and video evidence.

Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions, did not say on what he based his latest statement about the writer's likely demise.

Meanwhile, Trump has touted the strategic alliance between the USA and Saudi Arabia, boasting about billions of dollars in planned arms sales to the Saudis.

Turkish investigators have told local media and also to the U.S. media that Khashoggi was brutally killed inside the consulate on October 2.

The van was one of the 14 vehicles that came and left the Saudi consulate on October 2, the day when Khashoggi disappeared after entering the building. Turkey has not said when it will release the results of its probe - or any audio that proves Khashoggi was murdered, if it does have such a smoking-gun.

"They will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all of the facts surrounding Mr. Khashoggi, and that they will do so in a timely fashion", he told reporters. Authorities have not said specifically what they found, although technicians carried out bags and boxes from the consul general's home.

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