One of the members of the Saudi team is reported to be Salah Muhammed Al-Tubaigy, a lieutenant-colonel in the Saudi forensic department. "I do think its important everyone keep in their mind we have lots of important relationships, financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, government relationships, things we work on together all across the world", saying these relationships are in Americans' best interests.
Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. However, they have not presented any evidence to corroborate their claim and say that video cameras at the consulate were not recording at the time. "They're ghastly. But those reports have never affected strategic or economic policy, and I don't think they will now", Lippmann said.
But Trump has slow-pedaled on the possibility of action against Saudi Arabia, which he has repeatedly praised as a historic customer for the U.S. weapons industry, at one point suggesting "rogue killers" could be to blame for Khashoggi's disappearance.
Middle East experts said the timing of the transfer likely sent a clear message to the Trump administration.More news: China's economic growth slows to lowest rate since financial crisis
Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence on Wednesday after delays.
Around a dozen forensics officers carrying extensive equipment, went in to the building, where they will also search the garden, Crawford said.
Mr Otaibi flew back to Riyadh on Tuesday.
Turkish police on Monday night carried out an eight-hour search at the consulate itself, taking away soil and DNA samples. "That's based on everything - intelligence coming from every side".
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"We just need to make sure that we are mindful of that when we approach decisions that the United States government will take when we learn all the facts associated with whatever may have taken place".
Speaking to a news conference earlier on Wednesday, Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said the search was held off after Saudi authorities told Turkish officials Mohammad al-Otaibi's family were still in the residence.
President Donald Trump compared people who blamed Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's disappearance to those who had accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. If there really were to be an worldwide backlash that led to investors pulling out, cutoff of substantial foreign investment in Saudi Arabia, Saudis, rich families, moving their money out of the country - which I understand is already happening at an accelerating rate - then those economic plans become even more hard to fulfill than they are in good times. Not a positive. Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he's dead.
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