Erdoğan: Turkey to announce findings of Khashoggi investigation on Tuesday

Erdoğan: Turkey to announce findings of Khashoggi investigation on Tuesday
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that he will announce the findings of his country's investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported that Erdoğan will "go into detail" about what Turkish investigators learned in a speech to members of the ruling party in Turkish parliament. Erdoğan added that his country is seeking justice for Khashoggi's death. 

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi leadership, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

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The results of the Turkish investigation into Khashoggi's death will come four days after Saudi Arabia claimed in an announcement that the Washington Post columnist died in a physical altercation gone wrong at the consulate.

Saudi Arabia announced it had detained 18 people in connection with the incident. The kingdom's leadership had previously denied it knew what happened to Khashoggi.

The Saudi explanation was promptly met with skepticism from U.S. lawmakers and Khashoggi's colleagues. They expressed disbelief at the suggestion that the 59-year-old journalist would have engaged in a fistfight with Saudi security personnel, and have questioned what happened to his body.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE called the Saudi account a "good first step," but acknowledged in an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday that the Saudis have changed their story.

"Obviously there’s been deception and there’s been lies," Trump said.

The president has vowed consequences for those responsible in Khashoggi's death, though he has emphasized a desire to leave arms deals between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia untouched.

Lawmakers on Sunday expressed increasing certainty that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind Khashoggi's death, with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe MORE (R-Ky.) suggesting he should be removed from power. Others indicated they'd like to see U.S. intelligence officials make a determination in what happened to Khashoggi before determining an appropriate punishment.