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 CorkerRNC says ex-Trump ambassador nominee's efforts 'to link future contributions to an official action' were 'inappropriate' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing 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.

Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLindsey Graham will oppose subpoena of Hunter Biden Marsha Blackburn shares what book she's reading during Trump Senate trial Sekulow indicates Trump should not attend impeachment trial MORE (R-Ky.), Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats cry foul over Schiff backlash Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Nadler gets under GOP's skin MORE (D-Conn.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsGOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Bezos phone breach raises fears over Saudi hacking | Amazon seeks to halt Microsoft's work on 'war cloud' | Lawmakers unveil surveillance reform bill Bezos phone breach escalates fears over Saudi hacking MORE (D-Del.), as well as Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers Democrats 'utterly unpersuaded' by evidence behind Soleimani strike MORE (D-Va.), have all highlighted Khashoggi's case since he was first reported missing last week, with Murphy suggesting the U.S. should reconsider its relationship with Saudi Arabia in light of the missing journalist. 

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 RyanThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Social security emerges as latest flash point in Biden-Sanders tussle Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party 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.