Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Corker Calls for U.S. Sanctions If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

Corker Calls for U.S. Sanctions If Saudi Arabia Killed Khashoggi

Khashoggi, who had spent the a year ago in the United States in self-imposed exile after fleeing Saudi Arabia amid a crackdown on those critical of the kingdom, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate to obtain papers needed for marriage.

Saudi officials say Khashoggi left through an alternate exit, but have offered no proof to support that contention.

"We want to find out what happened", Trump said. "I like them very much".

"People who have long thought of themselves as Saudi's friends are saying this is a very, very serious matter", he said.

The most direct call for punishing Riyadh came from Republican Senator Rand Paul, who wrote in a tweet earlier in the day that the Saudi killings of dissidents and opposition journalists won't stop unless the United States stops "arming and assisting" Riyadh.

Mr Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise his divorce so he could marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. "We're looking at it very, very seriously". It's a very bad situation. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody". "We can't let this happen". Russia's Vladimir Putin, whose spy agencies boosted Trump during the 2016 presidential election by disseminating actual propaganda on social media, has blamed both "fake news" and the "deep state" ― another Trump favorite ― for his difficulties in achieving a closer relationship with Trump. It gives the White House 120 days to "determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression" and to report back to the Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on how it plans to act.

In another Fox News interview late Wednesday, Trump said it is too early for him to commit to any possible response should Saudi Arabia be responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

"I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance.

MSNBC "All In" host Chris Hayes took to Twitter with a freaky conspiracy on Wednesday, pondering if wealthy Saudi Arabians are shelling out cash to President Trump in exchange for the authorization to kill critics.

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"We can confirm that Ambassador Bolton and Jared Kushner have spoken to the crown prince yesterday, and we can confirm as well that the Secretary of State then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate our request for more information. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available".

"If it turns out that this man was killed or mistreated by the Saudi government, we expect stuff like this from [Russian President Vladmir] Putin and we come down hard on him when he does it".

"Well, I think that would be hurting us", he said.

The senators, including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and top Democrat Bob Menendez, sent the letter triggering a probe into the disappearance of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Trump visited Saudi Arabia on his first worldwide trip as president and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales. So far, I'm told, the Saudis haven't been co-operating - hence Ankara releasing the names of the alleged Saudi hit squad on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the USA intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, said "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) warned Thursday there will be a "complete revolt" on Capitol Hill if Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino earlier insisted that the United States had no forewarning of any concrete threat to Khashoggi.

The Post, citing anonymous United States officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

USA officials quoted by the Post described the intelligence concerning a Saudi plot to abduct Khashoggi as too vague to trigger a warning to the journalist under longstanding American policy. He left Saudi Arabia past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.

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