Corker says US will 'respond accordingly' to countries targeting journalists amid columnist's disappearance

Corker says US will 'respond accordingly' to countries targeting journalists amid columnist's disappearance
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerHas Congress captured Russia policy? Tennessee primary battle turns nasty for Republicans Cheney clashes with Trump MORE (R-Tenn.) on Monday said the U.S. will "respond accordingly" to countries that target journalists as officials investigate the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote in a tweet that he has personally raised Khashoggi's disappearance with the Saudi ambassador, and is awaiting more information.

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post contributor and a regular critic of Saudi leadership, was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate. He went missing after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, The Associated Press reported.

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The Saudi Arabian U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Corker is one of the most prominent U.S. officials to speak out about Khashoggi's disappearance to date.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said that he is personally following the case.

The Turkish government on Monday summoned the country's Saudi ambassador to request "full cooperation" from Saudi Arabian leadership in the investigation, and to gain permission to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Washington Post in an editorial on Friday contextualized Khashoggi's disappearance as part of a broader Saudi effort to silence critics. The newspaper also left a column of its editorial section blank to acknowledge Khashoggi's absence.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose RNC chair on election: We are on track to win the White House Kenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) weighed in on the matter Monday while speaking at the National Press Club in Washington.

"I think it's very disturbing," Ryan said about Khashoggi's disappearance. "It's very unnerving. We just need to get the clear facts."

Scott Wong contributed.

Updated at 6:03 p.m.