Despite significant evidence, the White House continues to deny the Saudi Royal Family had a role in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Donald Trump has alluded to the business relationship with the country being too important to meddle with.
The White House’s denial has enraged leaders on both sides on the political aisle. On Wednesday, a group of senators announced a resolution that would declare Mohammad bin Salman complicit in the journalist’s murder.
The resolution was introduced by a bipartisan group including Lindsey Graham (R), Dianne Feinstein (D), Marco Rubio (R), Ed Markey (D), Todd Young (R) and Chris Coons (D).
Despite his cozy relationship with Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham has been one of the leading voices against the Saudis. He stated, “I believe it’s vitally important to U.S. national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident — Mr. Khashoggi — who has three American citizen children.”
The resolution claims there is no question that bin Salman was involved. The senators write, “based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The unusually bipartisan measure is an effort to force Donald Trump to acknowledge the brutal murder. Trump has made multiple excuses for the royal family who have heavily invested in US weaponry.
Trump alluded to this business relationship in a statement absolving Saudi Arabia of the murder. He wrote, “Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event — maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! That being said, we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi.”
While the resolution would be non-binding, it would once again force Trump to revisit the facts to the case. Senators on both sides of the aisle do not want this issue to go away without a fight.
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