After gathering information from the Turks and the joint team, "the feeling from the leadership was we needed an internal investigation to make sure we're getting the right story here", the official said.
The UK Foreign Secretary and his French and German counterparts went on to indicate their support for the joint efforts of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to determine what really happened.
Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.
While Turkey and the kingdom differ on political issues, Saudi investments are a crucial lifeline for Ankara amid trouble with its national currency, the Turkish lira. Several prominent executives, including JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, canceled plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia later this month.
Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail US military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen. "Obviously, we have a long-standing partnership with Saudi Arabia in a lot of areas".
"Nevertheless, tempers are running high, Saudi stocks have dropped 7% over the weekend and now the country is considering economic retaliation".
"Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others..."
However, a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon. Benchmark Brent crude now trades above $80 a barrel and USA gasoline prices have risen ahead of the midterm elections.
Saudi Arabia has denied these reports.
The Saudi Gazette trumpeted: "Enough Is Enough, ' while the Arab News said: 'Saudi Arabia 'will not be bullied"'.
Saudi King Salman spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone on Sunday, the Saudi foreign ministry said, telling Erdogan: "No-one will get (to) undermine the strength of this relationship".
But concern over the disappearance has seen media organizations and a growing number of attendees pull out of a "Davos in the Desert" investment conference set for October 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform vision.
The withdrawal of Uber's Khosrowshahi from the event is particularly symbolic as the kingdom's vast Public Investment Fund (PIF) has invested $3.5 billion in the ride-hailing app.
The kingdom's Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points, diving by seven percent in the first two hours of trading Sunday, in panic selling reminiscent of the days after the global financial crisis in 2008.
Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.
Pictures released by the couple show the princess hand-in-hand with her drinks executive husband at the Royal Lodge in Windsor . The third photo made by famous photographer Alex Bramall , the bride and groom kissing, sitting in the carriage.
The celebrity, who shot to fame playing paralegal Rachel Zane in the American drama Suits , already has two "fairy god-daughters". The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby together after confirming their spring 2019 due date.
Khabib was dominant inside the Octagon , but has since made a shocking revelation about the affect the fight had on his health. Nurmagomedov (27-0) could be in danger of losing his lightweight title after beating McGregor (21-4).
An AFP correspondent at the scene said he heard two stun grenade explosions as police stormed and secured the pharmacy. Cologne's central station itself is a major interchange for trains across Germany and Western Europe.
Rounding out the top five were non-playoff driver Erik Jones of JGR and playoff driver Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing. Hendrick had one more card to play in the form of Chase Elliott , driver of the No. 9 Chevrolet.
Rossman-Benjamin says she hopes the letter sent to University President Mark Schlissel influenced Michigan's disciplinary action. Hebrew University meanwhile issued a statement saying it "regrets the decision" not to allow Alqasem to study in Israel .
Depending on the week, your favorite team can convert you from devout believer to an agnostic or even an outright atheist. Jacksonville wants to do what Kansas City did to them last week, make the opposing quarterback throw as much as possible.
He said if they have footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate, they should release it, the Associated Press reports . Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.
If Sears does file for bankruptcy, it could try to stay in business, using the court process to shed debt and unaffordable leases. Lampert also became Land's End Inc's biggest shareholder when the clothing manufacturer was spun out of Sears in 2014.
Hector Morales, a 57-year-old cook, never thought of evacuating. "I regret not leaving", Harris said. "But I made it". Panama City officials fear that the death toll could rise to double digits just in their area alone.
Call for Britain to impose Saudi sanctions
Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary of Britain, another key Saudi ally and trading partner, told AFP he was "extremely anxious ". USA president Donald Trump warned on Saturday of " severe punishment " for Saudi if it did murder Khashoggi.
Butler expected to play in Wolves season opener
This includes Karl-Anthony Towns and Wiggins, who have both received maximum contracts from the franchise. "I miss my guys". Butler made a surprising, and reportedly disruptive, appearance with the Wolves during their workout on Wednesday.
. . clouds gather over defence chief James Mattis
Trump stated, "The thing I've really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it. The Trump administration has experienced an unprecedented turnover rate as compared to past administrations.