How Saudi Arabia might retaliate against any sanctions

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Turkish investigators completed a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, for the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared.

"Many in Washington have reached the conclusion that this is a guy we can't do business with", said Gerald Feierstein, the director for government relations, policy and programs at the Middle East Institute, a nonpartisan think tank, and a former USA ambassador to Yemen.

Trump previously said the episode would not have an effect on US relations with Saudi Arabia, a close ally in the Middle East.

CNN reported Monday that Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Mr. Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong. The interrogation was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey, the news channel said citing two unnamed sources. The other source said the report would likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and that those involved will be held responsible, the cable news outlet said.

"I know Jewish people don't like this comparison, but everyone has his own Holocaust", he said. Some of the lawmakers criticized Trump for such a statement.

The case has provoked an worldwide outcry, with US President Donald Trump threatening "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and European allies urging "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible. "Orders must have come from the top". "This is not leadership. We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

Saudi Arabia had on Saturday dismissed accusations that Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate, labelling it as "lies and baseless allegations".

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Saudi state owned Al-Arabiya news channel delivered a bullish message to the USA and the worldwide community in response to growing calls for sanctions against Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an apparent response to Trump's comments, a Saudi official said if any moves were taken against the kingdom "it will respond with greater action".

"I've always wondered why he went there as the first country to visit outside of the United States", Pelosi said. "We're a long way from actually looking at what tools we have".

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Post about Saudi Arabia, criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a driving ban for women.

Saudi Arabia, which pumps 12.9 per cent of the world's oil, is the only Opec member with substantial spare oil capacity that could be used to meet market demand.

October 13: Cengiz writes another op-ed, this one in the New York Times, on what would have been Khashoggi's 60th birthday, this time referring to him in the past tense as if penning his obituary. The new story could also defuse some criticism of the Trump administration, which has refused to back down from billions of dollars in weapons sales to the kingdom and as of Monday was still planning to attend a glittering Saudi investment forum next week. "Saudi govt payments violate our Constitution's chief public corruption prohibition".

Senator Richard Blumenthal in a tweet alleged that Trump is giving the Saudis a pass on Khashoggi murder maybe because he continues to benefit from Saudi rentals, hotel bookings and other payments to the Trump Organisation.

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