Even with bipartisan support, President Donald Trump has skipped a deadline imposed by Senators in order to identify the killers of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in order to determine if the U.S. should impose sanctions.
Republican Senators Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham along with Democratic Senators Bob Menendez and Patrick Leahy, sent a letter under the Global Magnitsky Act to identify the murderers of Kashoggi within 120 days as required by the law.
A Senior administration at the White House said:
“Consistent with the previous Administration’s position and the constitutional separation of powers, the President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate.”
The CIA already concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in Khashoggi’s murder and earlier in the week, the New York Times reported that Salman made a threat in 2017 that he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi if he didn’t return to Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi government.
The President’s inaction comes as son-in-law Jared Kushner faces scrutiny with his close ties to the Saudis and the royal family, as well as any possible financial benefits Trump may be receiving.
“I firmly believe there will be strong bipartisan support for serious sanctions against Saudi Arabia for this barbaric act which defied all civilized norms,” Graham said in a statement.
“While Saudi Arabia is a strategic ally, the behavior of the Crown Prince — in multiple ways — has shown disrespect for the relationship and made him, in my view, beyond toxic.”
“I fully realize we have to deal with bad actors and imperfect situations on the international stage,” Graham said. “However, when we lose our moral voice, we lose our strongest asset.”
“Seeing as the Trump Administration has no intention of insisting on full accountability for Mr. Khashoggi’s murderers, it is time for Congress to step in and impose real consequences to fundamentally reexamine our relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen,” Menendez said.
In addition, federal investigators are looking into the possible extortion by David Pecker from the National Enquirer with Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.
There is no denying the connection of the National Enquirer with the Saudis, President Trump, and Trump’s hate for Bezos and the Washington Post.
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