Pompeo Yucks It Up With Saudi Crown Prince As Missing Writer Probe Intensifies

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, on October 16, 2018. - Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist... US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, on October 16, 2018. - Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid US media reports the kingdom may be mulling an admission he died during a botched interrogation. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LEAH MILLIS/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 16, 2018 9:23 a.m.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enjoyed a jovial greeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday morning upon meeting with the Saudi leader and his father to discuss the disappearance of the presumed-murdered Washington Post writer.

Pompeo reportedly thanked the crown prince for his “commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent and timely investigation” into Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Pompeo was sent to Saudi Arabia to meet with officials after the Turkish government claimed it had audio and video evidence that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi officials.

The Saudis have flatly denied the allegations. After President Trump spoke with the Saudi king on Monday, the President floated the idea that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the journalist’s death.

As Saudi and Turkish officials launched a joint-probe of Khashoggi’s disappearance on Monday, reports surfaced that Saudi officials may be preparing to admit Khashoggi was accidentally killed during a botched interrogation.

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