Twenty-two United States senators on Wednesday forced a U.S. investigation of whether human rights sanctions should be imposed over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist last seen as he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2.
Corker also said that the administration was not given a heads up about the letter prior to its release to reporters, adding that he was unsure about how Trump might respond given his close relationship with the Saudi crown prince.
"We want to be in close cooperation with Saudi Arabia", he said.
The US State Department has said it has no information about Mr Khashoggi's whereabouts.
Khashoggi had first left Saudi Arabia past year, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.
Khashoggi, who in the past held management positions at Saudi newspapers and a short-lived television project, left Saudi Arabia in the summer of 2017. Two previous attempts both failed, the first one garnering only 25 votes while the second managed to get 47 votes - but Paul thinks that "growing opposition" to Saudi actions would ensure that another vote would be successful.
"We are very very disturbed" by Khashoggi's disappearance", said Code Pink founder Meda Benjamin.
It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if US officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said. CCTV footage shows him entering the consulate but never leaving it.
Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a U.S. resident whose writings for the Washington Post were often critical of the crown prince, was killed by a team of assassins who arrived in Turkey from Saudi Arabia the same day he vanished.
Trump said Wednesday night in an interview on Fox News that "so far it's looking a little bit like" the Saudis are behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, but said "I do hate to commit to what recourse we would take".
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The Washington Post reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered an "operation" against government supporter-turned-critic Jamal Khoshoggi, which would see him lured back to the kingdom and arrested.
MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH via Getty Images Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen in public since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Turkish officials believed that 59-year-old Khashoggi, also a Washington Post contributor, was murdered inside the consulate.
"I recognised his photograph immediately", said Ghanem al-Dosari, a Saudi satirist living in exile in London, who knew Mr Mutreb socially. "We are going to take a very serious look".
As the Times notes, officials in Turkey "have left things murky enough" by "speaking on condition of anonymity and refusing to publicly disclose their evidence", which means that much of the reporting remains unverified and the lack of concrete evidence at this point leaves room for the possibility that Khashoggi was abducted from the consulate, but not killed.
Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless".
Trump told reporters he had talked with officials in Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" about Khashoggi's disappearance, but offered no indication on his whereabouts.
But the Saudi government asserted Khashoggi left the premises shortly after his visit and claimed they too were anxious for him.
"If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and (I believe) they (the Saudis) would have to most advanced of systems".