Turkish officials have told reporters that authorities have an audio recording indicating that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, and have shared evidence with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States. The official did not provide details on the evidence that was recovered during the hourslong search at the diplomatic mission that ended early Tuesday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
CCTV footage showed diplomatic cars travelled to the consul general's home shortly after Mr Mr Khashoggi disappeared. He had [Khashoggi] murdered in a consulate in Turkey and to expect me to ignore it?
On Friday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told reporters he still plans to attend the Riyadh investment summit; however, the president said Monday it was possible the USA would not attend, but that no decision had been as yet.
CBS News correspondent Holly Williams, in Istanbul, says another question is how much damage the entire episode will do to Saudi Arabia, which remains a key USA ally in the tumultuous Middle East.
While the president vowed to reporters that, "We are going to leave nothing uncovered" he suggested that "rogue killers" could've been behind Khashoggi's disappearance.
Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post and resided in Virginia, has been missing since he visited the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2. Security cameras on the surrounding streets did not see him leave by foot, Turkish officials say.
President Trump on Monday said he was "immediately" sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman, who he said "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened to 'our Saudi Arabian citizen'".
As Saudi and Turkish officials launched a joint-probe of Khashoggi's disappearance on Monday, reports surfaced that Saudi officials may be preparing to admit Khashoggi was accidentally killed during a botched interrogation.
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They said Saudi Arabia would acknowledge that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong and the intention had been only to abduct him from Turkey.
"Of course they'd like to see me out of the picture", she said Khashoggi told her.
Meanwhile, the consul general himself, Mohammed Otaibi, left Turkey on Tuesday, the semiofficial Anadolu news agency said. "Maybe I do not want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers - I mean, who knows?"
Pompeo "also thanked the King for his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance", the statement read. Turkish officials believe he was murdered by Saudi agents - but thus far the Saudis have denied this. The White House expects credible answers quickly after Pompeo wraps up his trip with a stop in Ankara for meetings with senior Turkish officials. Pompeo met later in the day with Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, dining with the prince in the evening.
Khashoggi told MEE that one of the crown prince's closest aides was the person who first told the journalist he had fallen out of favour with the royal court.
That could, like Trump's comments, seek to give the kingdom a way out of the global firestorm of criticism over Khashoggi's fate.
Riyadh on Sunday vowed to hit back against any punitive measures while Trump has also made clear he is reluctant to curb all-important arms sales to Saudi Arabia.