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Republican Sen. Bob Corker believes Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi

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Sen. Bob Corker is putting increased pressure on President Donald
Trump to investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal
Khashoggi.

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Bernstein/Reuters


  • Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday said “there is no
    question” that Saudi Arabia killed Saudi journalist Jamal
    Khashoggi. 
  • “I think they did it and unfortunately I think he is
    deceased,” Corker said.
  • Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee. 
  • Corker and a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday
    invoked a law requiring President Donald Trump to investigate
    Khashoggi’s disappearance. 

Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday said that “there is
no question”
Saudi Arabia killed Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
told CNN reporter Manu Raju that “intel points directly” to
the Saudis for Khashoggi’s recent
disappearance. 

“I think they did it and unfortunately I think he is
deceased,” Corker
said
. “But they certainly could produce him and change the
narrative.”

This comes a day after Corker and a bipartisan group of
senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump invoking
the Global Magnitsky Act of 2016. This requires the president to
investigate Khashoggi’s disappearance and report back to the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the findings and how he
plans to react within 120 days. 

“We request that you make a determination on the imposition
of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights
Accountability Act with respect to any foreign person responsible
for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi,” the senators
wrote. “Our expectation is that in making your determination you
will consider any relevant information, including with respect to
the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi
Arabia.”

The letter opens the door for sanctions to be imposed
against Saudi Arabia.

Trump on Wednesday expressed a reluctance to punish the
Saudis,
especially in terms of reducing US arms sales

“Well, I think that would be hurting us,” he said to Fox News on
the subject of stopping or reducing arms sales to the Saudis. “I
think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our
country.”

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul earlier this month and is feared dead. Turkish officials
have accused the Saudis of killing Khashoggi, dismembering his
body, and flying it back to Saudi Arabia. 

Khashoggi had been writing for The Washington Post and was a US
resident. He was often critical of the Saudi government in his
writings and left his native country last year amid concerns
about crackdowns on dissent.

Saudi Arabia’s government has said that claims it’s responsible
for Khashoggi’s disappearance or death are “baseless.”

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