On Monday afternoon, another scenario emerged: CNN reported that Saudi Arabia is preparing to say that Khashoggi was killed in an interrogation "that went wrong" and that he was supposed to be abducted instead. "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible", the news channel reported, cautioning that things could change as the report is still being prepared.
Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he attended Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last week. He says the U.S.is working with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to figure out what happened.
October 8: Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., warns the Saudis of consequences if the government is found complicit in Khashoggi's disappearance.
US President Donald Trump said Monday night he had seen a media report that Saudi Arabia might say prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in an unauthorised interrogation but "nobody knows if it is an official report".
"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.
Such an extraordinary search of a diplomatic post - considered foreign soil under global law - perhaps represents new cooperation between Turkey and its fellow Sunni Muslim nation, Saudi Arabia.
Saudi King Salman spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone on Sunday, the Saudi foreign ministry said, telling Erdogan: "No-one will get (to) undermine the strength of this relationship".More news: Melania Trump Wants to 'Get to Bottom' of Missing Saudi Journalist
Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident who has been a vocal press critic of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi officials have repeatedly denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts, but Turkish officials claim they have evidence to prove the Saudi dissident was killed while inside the consulate.
The kingdom has called such allegations "baseless", but has not offered any evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.
Following Riyadh's assertion it would retaliate, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness".
The kingdom seems to be taking on each challenge one by one, beginning with Turkey where the macabre incident took place. A day earlier he called on Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi Ambassador to the United States. He and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, have forged close ties.
Nobel Peace Prize victor Tawakkol Karman of Yemen talks during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct 8, 2018.
The Saudi government could not immediately be reached for comment on the CNN report.
"I've always wondered why he went there as the first country to visit outside of the United States", Pelosi said. The situation in Saudi Arabia is unbearable, not even for the ones who are just minding their own business.