Corker: Senate to take action in Khashoggi case

Source: Politico | October 10, 2018 | Elana Schor

Senators will “take some actions ourselves” Wednesday about the disappearance — and reported death — of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said.

Corker declined to offer details on the bipartisan move he plans to make, but he said that after examining intelligence on Khashoggi, the Turkish government’s reported assessment of Saudi culpability in the journalist’s disappearance is relatively reliable. Vice President Mike Pence has described Khashoggi’s disappearance as a potential “threat to freedom of the press and human rights” amid multiple reports citing Turkish intelligence that say the journalist was assassinated.

“We need to take some type of action, and there are some things we can do congressionally,” Corker told reporters Wednesday. “We plan to take some actions ourselves on this, something we can do without passing legislation.”

President Donald Trump’s apparent lack of awareness of the extent of the Saudi government’s role in Khashoggi’s disappearance has sparked concern from press freedom groups. Trump called the matter “a very serious situation for us and this White House” on Wednesday, telling reporters that “I think we’ll get to the bottom of it.”

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