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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen. The act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.

Rand Paul, another member of the committee, called for a halt on USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia until Khashoggi is found alive.

"Frankly I think that would be a very very tough pill to swallow for our country".

"This is unprecedented. I've never seen or heard of anything like this", Courtney Radsch, advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, said of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation on the fate of Khashoggi as several countries - particularly Turkey, the US and the United Kingdom - press for clarification.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke on Tuesday to Crown Prince Mohammed about Khashoggi.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation under legislation that authorizes imposition of sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Bloomberg News in an interview last week that Khashoggi had left the consulate shortly after entering it last week and that he was ready to let Turkey search the building. "I think she's in shock, now even more", her friend said.




The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that before Khashoggi disappeared, us intelligence had intercepted communications in which the Saudis had been discussing a plot to abduct him.

It was a year ago that Donald Trump joined in a traditional sword jig in Saudi Arabia where he was swaying and smirking with pleasure on the defense deal with Riyadh, pledging $110 billion immediately and an estimated $300 billion over 10 years.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish media outlets published CCTV footage which they say shows evidence of a plot linked to Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

According to several media outlets, citing unnamed Turkish sources, police in Turkey believe the writer was killed inside the diplomatic facility.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that us intelligence had intercepted the communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, citing an unidentified person familiar with the information.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino earlier insisted that the United States had no forewarning of any concrete threat to Khashoggi.

Previously, the kingdom's ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said reports suggesting Khashoggi went missing in the Istanbul consulate or that Saudi Arabia had killed him "are absolutely false and baseless" and a product of "malicious leaks and grim rumors". When asked if he would consider blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Trump said that would hurt the United States, citing such deals as a big part of a booming US economy. MBS said his country will not pay Washington for its own security, saying his oil-rich kingdom was created before the USA itself. "I want to make an example of this government if they did this".

A bipartisan group of US senators is forcing the Trump administration to investigate the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities.

The pro-government daily Sabah splashed the pictures of 15 men, which it called an "assassination squad", providing also their names and years of birth.


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