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The US received a payment of $US100 million from Saudi Arabia on the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to meet with Saudi leaders to discuss the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

President Trump said on "Trish Regan Primetime" that it "would be bad" if Saudi Arabia's leadership had any knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

"We will share the results that emerge transparently with the whole world".

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced Thursday that he will not attend a previously scheduled Saudi investment conference.

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Christopher Pyne, who has been pushing for a defence industry agreement with Saudi Arabia, said: "It would be inappropriate to comment while the investigation is under way".

This comes in the midst of the worldwide outcry over the disappearance and probable murder of Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi regime, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. "I mean it's bad, bad stuff, but we'll see what happens".

"I've heard no tape, I've seen no transcript", Pompeo told reporters overnight.

The investigators left the residence around 1:30 am, but some of them headed to the nearby consulate to conduct a search, which was continuing into the early hours of Thursday.

Asked what could have happened to Khashoggi, he said, "There are lots of stories out there about what happened, and I'm going to allow the process to move forward and allow the facts to unfold, and.we will make a determination for ourselves about what happened there, based on the facts that are presented".

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Authorities widened the geographic focus of the search after tracking the routes and stops of cars that left the Saudi consulate and the consul's residence on October 2, the day Khashoggi was last seen, the senior officials said.

Khashoggi, a dissident living in self-imposed exile in the United States where he contributed to the Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"Canada has said this with a very strong voice". "We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman".

Although Pompeo suggested the US could wait longer for results, an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said the secretary had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly.

New reporting overnight could escalate a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is a key ally to many Western countries, and, as one of the world's biggest oil exporters, has significant influence on the world stage.

Meanwhile, several high-profile human rights groups have demanded that Turkey ask the United Nations to investigate the possible killing of Mr Khashoggi.

A source familiar with the Turkish investigation has told CNN that Saudi intelligence officer and former diplomat Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb played a "pivotal role" in the apparent assassination of Khashoggi.