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Turkish officials investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul later on Monday, according to reports. CNN first reported that the Saudis were planning to admit Khashoggi died in the consulate.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson made public their intentions to halt business in Saudi, and the Harbour Group and Brookings Institution have terminated their relationships with the Saudi government, the New York Times reported Saturday. The report was attributed to two unnamed sources.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said.

President Trump told reporters on Monday morning that he had just spoken with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, who he said "firmly denied any knowledge" of what happened to Khashoggi.

The problem with that is that there's been already a lot of questions about Mohammed bin Salman.

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On Sunday, Riyadh angrily rejected political and economic "threats" over the case of the missing journalist and said it would respond to any punitive action "with a bigger one". But he said the royal court would soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom's intelligence services - who happened to be a friend of Prince Mohammed - had carried out the killing.

The bank has been one of the leading managers of Saudi Arabia's large bond sales in recent years, including a sale this year that raised $11 billion for the kingdom.

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of sending a team of 15 men to interrogate and kill Khashoggi and dismember his body with a bone saw before flying it back to his native country.

Cleaning personnel enter Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Monday. Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance October 2 without being stopped.

A string of high-profile finance executives followed technology and media leaders in pulling out of a Saudi investment conference scheduled for late this month, potentially risking a lucrative role in the kingdom's plans for a historic opening of its economy. A police dog was part of the search team.

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"I think one of the strong things that we can do is not only stop military sales, not only put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but most importantly, get out of this bad, awful war in Yemen led by the Saudis", Sen.

Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Mr Trump has said his administration won a $110 billion military order from Saudi Arabia and that the deal, combined with Saudi commitments to invest heavily in the United States, was worth hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

Trump has not described what punishment Saudi Arabia might face.

A Turkish forensic police officer works in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Monday.

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