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Senators Push Trump to Launch Probe Into Disappearance of Saudi Journalist

by Axios | Updated on 10.11.18

Top foreign policy lawmakers in the Senate on Wednesday enforced a law that requires President Trump to launch an investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and enforce sanctions against any foreign individual found responsible for the matter.

The details: The effort, led by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and top Democrat Bob Menendez, requests an investigation under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that requires the president to give a report to Congress within 120 days. The senators called the disappearance "a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights."


The backdrop: The Saudi journalist, who also wrote for the Washington Post, has been critical of the Saudi government. He disappeared last week after visiting the country's consulate in Turkey. Turkish investigators reportedly say he was assassinated there.

  • The request, which more than a dozen Democratic and Republican senators signed, could complicate the Trump administration’s relationship with the kingdom. Earlier this year, the State Department approved military arm sales to country worth slightly over $1 billion, and has promised continued support of Saudi Arabia military campaign in Yemen.

Go deeper: Khashoggi disappearance could impact Saudi Arabia's business deals

-Khorri Atkinson

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  • Clint
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    I fully support looking into this but unfortunately we have a president that threatens our own journalists regularly and praises world leaders who kill theirs. The things he has said has directly affected the safety of journalist here at home and abroad. Until he is gone and we can get back to some sort of civility in this country I fear for anyone working for a news organization.

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  • DrCindyBean
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    We need to know the truth of Saudi Arabia and Turkey and USA involvement in the disappearance and presumed death of this Washington Post journalist! This is alarming. Congress must push an investigation is essential. This thuggery must be investigated and criminals prosecuted and punished.

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  • Vanessa
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    This is not our problem. We are not responsible for foreign journalists. Why do we need to spend OUR money on a journalist that has NOTHING to do with our country. Saudi Arabia is not the US and we should not be performing their justice for them. I would not want Saudi Srabia yo investigate the death of say, Vince Foster, or JFK’s son.

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  • Leslie
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    Now, can we apply the same action toward the missing detention children???

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  • Daniel
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    We can’t have NATO allies acting like the Third Reich.

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  • Lynn
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    No. Not until all of the criminals involved in the Clinton conspiracy to overthrow the Trump administration are behind bars themselves. First things first. An, no; I’m not kidding.

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  • Chickie
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    #45 is disinclined to investigate as it would rattle his “very good friend”, the Saudi Arabian Crowned Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. The very one who the UN has charged with human rights violations. Although for #45, Bin Salan is the guy who entered into a $110 billion dollar arms deal with the US in March 2018. It’s not surprising that #45 is not proposing action. On Fox and Friends, #45 responded to questions about Khashoggi with non answers, focusing instead on how the US is doing better than it ever has before. When it comes down to it, #45 could care less about human rights violations or abducted journalists. For him it’s always about the money...and the Saudi Arabian Crowned Prince is very rich indeed.

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  • J. scott
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    10/12/2018
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    I recall that Trump has continued to vilify journalists and the media calling them liars, propagators of fake news, and last but not least “enemies of the state” or “enemies of the people”. It should hardly prove surprising that other countries might feel free to lash out against the media — feeling secure that no interference will result from the US. Interpol leader, seized by China, Actress seized by China, Russian corruption investigative journalist killed in Russia. Folks this is only the beginning. When you have a President who talks like a dictator it encourages and emboldens other dictators. This is worse than being perceived as weak it’s the go sign to evil actors.

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  • Mindful
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    Remind Trump, we still cherish Freedom of the Press.The Press are not ‘enemy of the people’ because they may write something you don’t like....but probably True! Most important, The Press must directly respond to Trump’s name-calling Loudly and Repeatedly every time he utters his ‘enemy of the people’ refrain. And maybe add their own known truth-retort to Trump, “Is this another one of your lies?”

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  • Blake
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    If it is written, it must be executed. Foreign relations later, human rights always.

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  • Sylvan
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    Inflammatory rhetoric, such as that used by Trump to denigrate and malign journalists, is the reason despots, dictators and authoritarians believe they can get away with murdering journalists. Journalism is the only occupation expressly protected by the Constitution. Congress must act to protect journalists at home and abroad.

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  • Robert
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    The whole world is awaiting Trump’s response to the murder of Khashoggi. But he responds from a business perspective, not from moral outrage. No sanctions or consequences for Saudi Arabia. He has no moral compass, no sense of compassion for humanity, no values except money coming from arms sales and his private hotels. Trump can’t fake this one. Stand up, step up, or step down Donnie.

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  • Donna
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    It is good to know the elected representatives in Congress actually DO have a bridge too far - it appears to be the state-sanctioned assassination of a legal resident of the US. Unfortunately, djt will ignore this just like he and his administration delayed the congressional-ordered sanctions against the Russians for interfering in the '16 election and, more importantly, the court-ordered reunification of families HIS policy separated that was supposed to be completed by July. Glad to know the 'Democrats' are the party of mobs and lawlessness. I applaud the sudden attempt to reign this guy in, but I am afraid it is too little too late. You all sold your souls and your constituents are the ones left footing the bill!

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  • Leslie
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    Now, can we apply the same action toward the missing detention children???

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  • Guy
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    What has taken us so long to take action?

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  • Diane
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    Not sure why the Senators are willing to give the President 120 days to investigate "a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights" when he has already told you he does not care what the Saudi government does as long as they continue to make payments to the US and to the Trump empire. Please do more to ensure these human rights are enforced by the White House.

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  • Joshua
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    We should call out the atrocities of our allies as much as those of our enemies. If we don't use our power as a nation to shine the light of day on them, and hold these abusers accountable, who will? And if we don't, then how can we call ourselves a great nation. If we don't like what we find, then maybe such nations, like Saudi Arabia, should not actually be our allies.

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  • Aldebaran
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    The United States should continue to stand for freedom and justice, and that includes determining what happened to Kashoggi, who did it, and providing an appropriate response. If he was murdered, it must not go unanswered.

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  • Karen
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    The reality is Trump is simply dumbfounded as to what to do. Jared is basically the US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (because Trump never named anyone to that post). Jared is bought and sold. He and this Prez are highly attached to the Saudi’s almighty dollar. Good luck Congress, you surrendered your influence with Trump years ago.

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  • Sylvan
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    Inflammatory rhetoric, such as that used by Trump to denigrate and malign journalists, is the reason despots, dictators and authoritarians believe they can get away with murdering journalists. Journalism is the only occupation expressly protected by the Constitution. Congress must act to protect journalists at home and abroad.

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  • Cathie
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    The horrific news of the apparent death of the Washington-based Saudi journalist must be investigated. Please support the call in do so.

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  • Caroline
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    Common sense would say, why haven’t we already done so? Where’s America’s sense of duty to humanity? We used to value life, but now I guess it depends on your nationality, ethnicity, race, and wealth.

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