Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez Reacts To Briefing On Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez Reacts To Briefing On Killing Of Jamal Khashoggi


By:  Mary Louise Kelly
NPR

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who attended Tuesday's briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel regarding the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

MENENDEZ: Well, before I went to this briefing, I was pretty much convinced that the crown prince had an intricate role, probably was the one who directed it at the end of the day. And all of those who were involved - this serves certainly under his universe of influence and leadership.

And so I am, after this briefing, resolute in that view and also resolute in the view that the United States Senate has to act to send a message to the Saudis and globally that you cannot kill with impunity and face no consequences.

KELLY: So you believe you have Republican support. We heard there from Senator Corker, Senator Graham, other Republicans.

MENENDEZ: I certainly hope so. And I hope that our legislation - that would make the global Magnitsky provisions mandatory as well as sanctions on those who are continuing to assist the Houthis and those who are stopping humanitarian assistance in the war on Yemen. They're all powerful opportunities to send a very clear message that we want to end the war in Yemen and that we will not accept the killings of individuals and journalists with impunity without consequence.

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