Senators call on Trump to impose sanctions in Saudi journalist’s disappearance

The Senate’s top foreign policy lawmakers asked President Trump on Wednesday to impose sanctions against anyone found responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even if that includes the leaders of Saudi Arabia.

In a letter to Trump, the lawmakers triggered the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, which gives the president 120 days to decide whether to impose sanctions on any foreign person he determines sponsored or was involved in the disappearance of Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“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,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), wrote in their letter. “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.”

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