Vice President Mike Pence expressed fresh concern Wednesday over the case Wednesday, saying "violence against journalists should be condemned" and that the USA may be prepared to send Federal Bureau of Investigation officials to help investigate the case.
The administration has expressed concern but has refused to even to entertain questions about what the consequences would be if Turkish allegations turn out to be true - that the 59-year-old journalist was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after entering it on October 2 to get routine paperwork for his marriage while his Turkish fiancé waited outside.
Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, underlined that Turkey's investigations into the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi would suffice to prove the Al-Saud's crimes and overthrow Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to Reuters, which reviewed social and Saudi media, one is a forensic scientist, while others are military officers.
But when David Ignatius, one of Khashoggi's colleagues at the Washington Post, appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday morning, October 10, host Joe Scarborough-a former Florida congressman who left the GOP because of his disdain for Trump's presidency-asserted that Trump needs to be much more outspoken and proactive about Khashoggi's disappearance, noting that Khashoggi's criticism of the Saudi government "was certainly not extreme".
The case has sparked outrage from human rights and journalism groups and threatens to harm ties between Saudi Arabia and the United States, which has demanded answers from the kingdom over the disappearance.
According to security sources the preliminary estimations of the Turkish police suggest that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that the killing was planned and the body of Khashoggi was taken out of the consulate.
Sabah newspaper published the names and years of birth of 15 Saudis it said arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk airport. Twelve of them arrived early on the Tuesday, based on photos captured at passport control which it published.
It did not say how it obtained the pictures and data.
On September 28, Jamal visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for the first time, despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger. He moved to the USA more than a year ago, where he continued to comment on his country both in print and on television.
Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed at the consulate last week. Corker said "everything points to them". His fiancee and friends have said he did not leave the building.
Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of the Washington Post, said the newspaper was aware that Khashoggi was working to promote democracy in the Middle East. The footage does not show Khashoggi himself leaving the consulate. CCTV footage showed him entering the building. "But I don't want to rush to judgment", Corker said on Tuesday.
Officials in Saudi Arabia did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"We don't know what has happened to him".