White House declines to submit report to Congress on Khashoggi killing

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The Trump administration declined Friday to submit a report to Congress determining whether Saudi Arabia’s crown prince is personally responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Senators had asked for the finding by Friday, with an eye to imposing new human rights sanctions on Saudi Arabia over the journalist’s Oct. 2 killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Under the Magnitsky Act, the president has 120 days to respond to a direct request from Congress about possible violations. The request, made Oct. 10 in a letter signed by 11 Democratic and 11 Republican senators, required the administration to make a determination of responsibility for the killing, particularly including involvement by the Saudi royal family, and to act on it by imposing sanctions on responsible individuals. “The President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” a senior administration official said in a statement. “The U.S. Government will continue to consult with Congress and work to hold accountable those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.”



The new legislation relies on the authority of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and imposes a 30-day deadline from the date of passage for presidential findings and sanctions imposition. The act is named after a Russian whistleblower, Sergei Magnitsky, who died while in detention in Russia after being beaten and denied medical care. The new legislation, sponsored by Republican Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Todd C. Young (Ind.), as well as Democrats Menendez, Jack Reed (R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) and Chris Murphy (Conn.), would also prohibit certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia and in-flight refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft in Yemen.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated and almost certainly carried out on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudi government claims that the prince, who is the kingdom’s de facto ruler, was not involved. Trump announced in November that he would not downgrade the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia, regardless of whether Saudi rulers were culpable.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...b8fba003e81_story.html?utm_term=.a828e39eb1a7

WTH? Why is this administration always seem to want to cover up crimes by countries with brutal" dictators"?

Just like they the cover-up for Putin all the time.

Good to see though that some GOP senators are very concerned about this - and rightly so.

It's not normal.
 
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“The President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” a senior administration official said in a statement. “The U.S. Government will continue to consult with Congress and work to hold accountable those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.”
So … does this mean that Trump IS "the US Government" and Congress is NOT? When did that happen?
 
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