Washington Post publishes Jamal Khashoggi's 'last' column before his disappearance

Mohammed bin Salman meets with Queen Elizabeth in March 2018 during his visit to the UK

"Here we go again with you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump said, drawing comparisons to the murder to accusations made against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who staved off allegations of sexual assault during his confirmation process.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Mr Trump said on Tuesday.

"I keep hearing we're giving them some benefit of the doubt".

The analysts and officials said it was inconceivable that such a brazen operation as the one alleged by Turkish officials, involving a team of 15 agents sent to Istanbul, who then killed and dismembered Khashoggi, could have been pulled off by a group of "rogue killers", as President Trump speculated this week, moments after a phone call with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

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The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble".

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The Saudi journalist has been missing since October 2, when he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said the administration had requested access to recorded evidence from the Turkish authorities "if it exists" and that it "probably does".

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Pompeo, heading back to Washington, told reporters that the USA needs "to know the facts before we can begin to formulate what the appropriate response" would be if Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance. "They also indicated they would get this done quickly", said Pompeo.

It comes as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a bodyguard for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was confirmed as a suspect in Khashoggi's disappearance. "Saudi Arabia's not any other country", he said, "the government seems to have really persuaded the Saudi people that the war in Yemen is a war of necessity - that is to say, a war they have to fight to prevent Iran from establishing a beachhead on their southern border".

Washington Post: "Saudi Arabia is putting money in Trump's pocket".

Nicholas Heras, a Middle East security fellow at the Center for a New American Security, believes Saudi support for stabilization efforts in the US-protected zone are critical.

The president on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it is an important customer for US military exports. Saudi Arabia denies killing him.

Global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

"We expect the search in the residence and vehicles to be carried out today", Cavusoglu said, following a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Police plan to search the Saudi Consul General's home, as well as some of the country's diplomatic vehicles, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said.

The US secretary of state and MBS at their meeting "agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation that provides answers" over Khashoggi's disappearance, according to a US statement.

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