What Happens Next.
Breaking News tonight that Saudi Arabia has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was murdered.
According to CNBC
Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabia’s general prosecutor said early Saturday morning local time.
The government said that Khashoggi got into a fight with the people he met at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The kingdom alleged that Khashoggi died in that clash.
Earlier this week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman assured Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the kingdom was conducting a “thorough, transparent, and timely investigation that provides answers.”
Through its state press, the kingdom said it has detained 18 Saudi nationals after preliminary investigations linked them to the case.
This is a huge breakthrough since the beginning of this almost two weeks ago when the Saudi denied knowing his whereabouts after he was on video entering the consulate but never leaving. Also that the government has fired advisors in addition to the 18 arrests is a development that has developed quickly.
The Trump administration and Secretary Pompeo have been very cautious about this and correctly so. How they deal with these new developments and deal with a Congress that is anxious to slap sanctions on the Saudis will be interesting to watch.