Senate Dems introduce bill demanding report on Khashoggi killing

Senate Dems introduce bill demanding report on Khashoggi killing
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Several Senate Democrats on Tuesday filed a bill to force the Trump administration to issue a public report on the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S.-based columnist who was killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey last year.

A bill filed by Sens. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenPrediction: 2020 election is set to be hacked, if we don't act fast Wyden blasts FEC Republicans for blocking probe into NRA over possible Russia donations Wyden calls for end to political ad targeting on Facebook, Google MORE (D-Ore.), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Biden faces scrutiny for his age from other Democrats Democrats press FBI for details on Kavanaugh investigation MORE (D-Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichOvernight Defense: Dems talk Afghanistan, nukes at Detroit debate | Senate panel advances Hyten nomination | Iranian foreign minister hit with sanctions | Senate confirms UN ambassador Senate committee advances nomination of general accused of sexual assault House passes bill requiring CBP to enact safety, hygiene standards MORE (D-N.M.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Obama reveals his summer playlist Democratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows MORE (D-Calif.) and Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill What the gun safety debate says about Washington Senators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings MORE (D-R.I.) would require Director of National Intelligence, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray Coats10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall 11 Essential reads you missed this week Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE, to release a report on the journalist's killing within 30 days of passing the measure.

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The Democrats are seeking answers as the Trump administration has issued mixed messages on Khashoggi's killing, which the CIA reportedly determined occurred at the direction of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE has shied away from assigning blame to the crown prince for the killing, but he has called the killing a "crime" and suggested there was a "cover up," but has said that the crown prince "hates it more than I do."

"As I said, 'Maybe he did, maybe he didn't [order the killing],' Trump said of the crown prince's alleged involvement. “But I will say very strongly that it's a very important ally. And if we go by a certain standard we won't be able to have allies with almost any country."

Wyden fired back at the president's assertions in the press release Tuesday, saying that "the Trump administration can’t get away with burying the facts about Jamal Khashoggi.”

Reed, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee added, “The brutal murder of U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and the brazen cover up by the Saudi government cannot be tolerated. The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened."

Harris, the only contender in the 2020 Democratic Primary to sign on to the bill, called Khashoggi's murder an "attack on journalists everywhere."

“The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a tragedy and represented an attack on journalists everywhere,” she said. “Unfortunately, the White House has not provided clear answers about what happened or who in the Saudi government might bear responsibility for the attack. We must always defend the rights of a free and independent press both at home and abroad, which is why I’m standing with my colleagues to demand a public report on this incident.”