Flake: 'Doesn't seem to be' any other explanation than Saudi involvement in journalist's disappearance

Flake: 'Doesn't seem to be' any other explanation than Saudi involvement in journalist's disappearance
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Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePollster says Trump unlikely to face 'significant' primary challenge Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Flake opens up about threats against him and his family MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that there "doesn't seem to be" any other explanation than the involvement of Saudi Arabia in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

"There sure doesn’t seem to be," Flake said when asked on ABC's "This Week" if there was any other plausible explanation for Khashoggi's disappearance beyond the allegations from Turkish officials that Saudi operatives murdered and dismembered him.

"The Saudi Arabian ambassador has been asked ... to bring information back," Flake explained. "They haven’t done so."

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He added that the explanations provided so far by Saudi Arabia, whose government has denied Turkey's accusations, aren't "plausible."

"Their explanation that their closed circuit television just streamed and didn’t record just isn’t plausible," Flake said. "There’s no good explanation and I think they know it."

Khashoggi, who has written pieces critical of the Saudi government, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

The Washington Post last Wednesday reported that U.S. intelligence has intercepted communications between Saudi officials regarding orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia and hold him there.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE has said he will deal severely with Saudi Arabia if the allegations turn out to be true.

In his comments Sunday to ABC, Flake said arms sales to Saudi Arabia, along with the U.S. involvement in their conflict in Yemen, should both be affected.