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 WydenCongressional authority in a time of Trump executive overreach Democrats press Trump officials over drop in ObamaCare signups amid website problems Trump, senators push for drug price disclosures despite setbacks MORE (D-Ore.), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system Senators press Facebook over user location tracking policies MORE (D-Conn.), Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichSenate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics This week: House to vote on Turkey sanctions bill Hillicon Valley: Facebook launches 'News Tab' | Senate passes bill to take on 'deepfakes' | Schumer outlines vision for electric cars MORE (D-N.M.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Democratic strategist laments 'low bar' for Biden debate performance MORE (D-Calif.) and Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSenators want Air Force probe into allegations military housing provider faked records Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pentagon watchdog says Syria withdrawal hurt ISIS fight | Vindman testifies on third day of public hearings | Lawmakers to wrap up defense bill talks this week Lawmakers expect to finish defense policy bill negotiations this week MORE (D-R.I.) would require Director of National Intelligence, Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Intelligence agencies have stopped collecting cellphone data without warrants: letter This week: Democrats churn toward next phase of impeachment fight 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 TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates 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.”