Jamal Khashoggi tape: Donald Trump asks for audio evidence of journalist's 'torture and murder' to be handed over

Sean Morrison
Donald Trump talks to reporters while conducting a meeting of his cabinet in the White House: Getty Images

Donald Trump has asked for an audio tape of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death to be handed over by Turkish officials “if it exists”.

The president said he was waiting for a full report on what happened to the US writer from his secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Turkish authorities had said they believe Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

Turkish forensic police officers arrive the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul (EPA)

Asked about the audio clip on Wednesday, Mr Trump said: “We have asked for it, if it exists. I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does - possibly does.”

It comes after Saudi Arabia's Consul General in Istanbul was sacked and placed under investigation over the alleged murder of the journalist.

Turkey's pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper published what it said were details from audio of his torture and interrogation.

Jamal Khashoggi: the journalist has been missing for two weeks (AFP/Getty Images)

Mr Khashoggi was killed within minutes and his torturers severed his fingers during the interrogation, the newspaper said.

His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it added.

Turkish sources said the authorities have an audio recording indicating Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

He has not been seen since entering the building.

The US and allies have collected some intelligence which partly confirms the existence of the audio, according to reports.

But Turkey has not shared the evidence directly, sources told Reuters news agency.