Help Khanna-Pocan Stop Coverup of Khashoggi’s Murder & End the Yemen War
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The Trump Administration is trying to cover up the Saudi regime’s murder of Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Media reports indicate that 15 Saudi officials – the same number of Saudis who attacked America on 9/11 - murdered Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Khashoggi’s last column for the Washington Post called for the end of the unconstitutional U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen, which is pushing Yemen into famine. Khashoggi’s opposition to the Yemen war was a reason the Saudi regime wanted to silence him. The Trump Administration wants to rescue the catastrophic U.S.-Saudi relationship so it can continue the unconstitutional Yemen war. That’s why the Trump Administration is trying to cover up the Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Representatives Ro Khanna and Mark Pocan, who are lead sponsors of H. Con. Res. 138, the only privileged measure in the House to end the unconstitutional Yemen war, are trying to stop the coverup of Khashoggi’s murder and end the war, by forcing the Trump Administration to disclose information it already has about Khashoggi’s death. Khanna and Pocan are circulating a letter to the Administration demanding information from the Administration and highlighting the coming votes on HConRes 138 and the companion Sanders-Lee-Murphy resolution SJRes 54 to end the war.
U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted Saudi officials’ conversations which demonstrated that Mohammed bin Salman, de facto head of the Saudi regime, ordered an operation to bring Jamal Khashoggi into Saudi custody and detention. U.S. officials had a duty to warn Khashoggi that he was under physical threat from the Saudi regime. Khanna and Pocan are demanding to know what the U.S. government knew and when they knew it, and if the U.S. government fulfilled its obligation to warn Khashoggi that he was under imminent physical threat from the Saudi regime.
For many in Washington who have supported the Yemen war, U.S. participation in the Saudi war in Yemen was merely a "side payment" from the U.S. to the Saudi regime to maintain the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Now that they are questioning the U.S.-Saudi relationship, many in Washington are questioning the "side payment."
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