Saudi Arabia vows to retaliate

US Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin taking an ear piece out during a joint press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin Germany 16 March 2017

Inside the chamber, Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O'Toole made no explicit mention of the CNN report when he asked what actions the government will take if details emerge to confirm the Saudi government's involvement in a journalist's death.

Ms. Freeland would not discuss what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in his conversation with her Monday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) floated an accusation that a personal financial transaction with Saudi Arabia has resulted in a softer response from President Donald Trump in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But, he said, the Saudi intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself in secretive operations.

The case has strained USA ties with Riyadh, carefully cultivated by the president, and provoked an worldwide outcry against the world's top oil exporter, with media and business executives pulling out of an investment conference next week.

Khashoggi went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain a license to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago to get marriage documents.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Mr Trump was sending Mr Pompeo to Riyadh because "determining what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is something of great importance to the President".

Alhadj noted that "even though we don't know for sure, with concrete evidence, what happened, it's not unprecedented".

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Some police were in uniform while other officials were in suits carrying printers and files, an AFP correspondent said.

Shortly after the cleaning crew entered the Saudi consulate, a team of investigators arrived in an unmarked police auto to begin an inspection of the building a full 13 days after Khashoggi entered to obtain marriage documents and never reemerged.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States previous year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

Trump also announced he'd dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to the kingdom - and anywhere else necessary - to get to the bottom of the apparent demise of Khashoggi, a Saudi man who had been living and working in self-imposed exile in the United States.

"I actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", Mr Trump told reporters at the White House.

The latest moves come as more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month. Specifically, the Turks claim to have audio and video evidence demonstrating that Saudi operatives tortured and killed the dissident journalist - and then, with the aid of a bone saw and a doctor of forensic medicine, chopped his body into pieces. "That was our first hope, our first hope was that he was not killed, but maybe that's not looking too good. from what we're hearing", Mr Trump said.

The problem with that is that there's been already a lot of questions about Mohammed bin Salman.

People believe that no monitoring need take place, and that a company with so many young fans should not be doing business with a country that is being accused of such a heinous act.

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