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 FlakeTrump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' Trump endorses McSally in Arizona Senate race Jeff Flake becoming Harvard fellow 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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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.