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Ron Wyden: If Trump Admin Won't Release Report on Jamal Khashoggi Slaying, Then I Will
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51042"><span class="small">Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive</span></a>   
Tuesday, 25 June 2019 08:18

Friedman writes: "U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said Monday that if intelligence officials would not release a report on the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi then he would invoke a Senate rule forcing its publication."

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. (photo: Erin Schaff/Verge)
Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. (photo: Erin Schaff/Verge)

Ron Wyden: If Trump Admin Won't Release Report on Jamal Khashoggi Slaying, Then I Will

By Gordon R. Friedman, OregonLive

25 June 19


.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said Monday that if intelligence officials would not release a report on the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi then he would invoke a Senate rule forcing its publication.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the Democrat said the administration of President Donald Trump had sought to downplay Khashoggi’s killing, including the president himself, who has wavered on placing blame for the journalist’s death on the Saudi crown prince.

Khashoggi was an American resident and Washington Post columnist when he was killed and dismembered at a Saudi embassy in Turkey. The death of Khashoggi, who had written critically about the Saudi government, sparked an international backlash and unanimous rebuke from the U.S. Senate, but Trump has resisted reprimanding his Saudi allies.

A United Nations report found Khashoggi was targeted by a team of Saudi assassins who had carefully planned the killing and took steps to cover their tracks.

Wyden and four other senators have attached an amendment to the annual defense funding bill that would require the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, to file a public report about the killing, including who ordered it and carried it out.

“That provision is there so that, finally, more than eight months after the murder, there can be some transparency and accountability,” Wyden said.

If the intelligence community does not abide by that language then he will invoke an obscure Senate rule that allows senators to release public information over the objections of the president.

“I do not make this threat lightly,” Wyden said, adding he hopes the using the rule does not become necessary.

“But if not, I will not rest," he said, explaining that press freedom should be promoted and “intimidation and murder cannot be allowed to stand.”

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+15 # Wise woman 2019-06-25 10:19
Good for him. This incident has bothered me since it happened. Trump is a coward and is never going to investigate it so you go senator and good luck.
+11 # DongiC 2019-06-25 12:58
Some Senators are finally showing some courage in standing up to Sir Donald. It is long overdue but better late than never!
+9 # Street Level 2019-06-25 13:19
We need more officials like Wyden and the others who'll make a stand for the people and fight for our constitutional rights.
The Democratic party is under increasing threshing to separate the wheat from the chaff. The posers, Republican Lites, and Do-Nothings are running out of hiding places as the progressives gain momentum and do what's right.
0 # 2019-06-25 22:46
Justice For Jamal ... Do not fear Hatice, Jamal is not and will never be forgotten. He, and his words, will always remain with us and remind the World of why it is so important to strive for and defend our Freedoms, and especially our First Amendment rights here in Jamal's adopted home country. See my ongoing tribute to him on my site. Saudi Arabia needs the US, and I know has capable men and women who could lead the country towards a productive and humane society -- they need to change leadership and hold Jamal's killers accountable... Do Not torture those who dare voice alternative opinions -- Do Not continue your bloodshed -- Do Not execute Salman al-Awda, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari -- and any other citizens of this Earth -- Silence, secrecy, and barbarity are banes of freedom and democracy, and the people of Saudi Arabia, like everyone, deserve the productive and prosperous life such wealth helps to facilitate, not the brutal power it has enabled.

+1 # johnescher 2019-06-26 12:17
This incident along with family separation and any evidence of torture by the Trump administration should be at the core of impeachment hearings which need to start right now.

Interference by Russia in the 2016 election along with obstruction of justice are also valid topics for these hearings, but family separations and six child deaths and torture are absolute evils belonging in a category of moral indignation all to itself.

It is family separation and murder and torture that most diminish the America we live in and for which Donald Trump needs to be held accountable and impeached.