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PoliticsAmid uproar, GOP chairman satisfied with probe into Khashoggi killing

21:35  12 february  2019
21:35  12 february  2019 Source:   politico.com

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Amid uproar, GOP chairman satisfied with probe into Khashoggi killing© Alex Brandon/AP Photo "We have had numerous briefings and meetings with the administration," Chairman Jim Risch said.

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch said Tuesday that he's satisfied with the Trump administration's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, even as several of his GOP members complain forcefully that the administration has not complied with a law requiring them to make a determination in the killing.

Many Senate Republicans widely believe that Khashoggi was killed at the direction of the Saudi kingdom after hearing from top administration officials last year. But President Donald Trump has declined to join them in that determination even though U.S. intelligence reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing. Though the Magnitsky Act required the administration to respond to a bipartisan request asking them to come to a conclusion, the White House last week declined to meet the deadline to reply.

Pompeo provided U.S. Congress with updates on Khashoggi killing: State Department

Pompeo provided U.S. Congress with updates on Khashoggi killing: State Department U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provided an update on the investigation into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing to Congress on Friday, a State Department spokesperson said. The spokesperson did not offer any details on what Pompeo told lawmakers. Congress had given the Trump administration a deadline of Feb. 8 to submit a report on who bears responsibility for Khashoggi's death and whether Washington would impose sanctions on that person or people. Congressional aides said they had not received any such report from the White House by early Friday evening.

Multiple Senate Republicans said in interviews on Monday night that they were angry about the administration's move to not comply with the law. But Risch said it's a "work in progress" and has no plans to do anything in his committee to try and move the process along more quickly.

"We have had numerous briefings and meetings with the administration where we put the information together that we have, that they had, and like I say it's a work in progress," the Idaho Republican said, saying that he "personally" is satisfied. "They've been very forthcoming with us ... they're working in good faith to reach a conclusion on this with some direct evidence."

"I don't need to compel them. They're as anxious to reach a conclusion as we are to reach a conclusion," Risch added.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) are pushing legislation to sanction Saudi officials and restrict weapons sales in the wake of the Khashoggi killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. Risch said he would speak to them about that legislation.

Top Saudi official asks Congress to withhold judgment on Khashoggi.
The request by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir comes as the Trump administration declined to meet a congressional deadline to determine who was responsible for Khashoggi's death . The White House blew past the deadline, triggered 120 days ago by a bipartisan group of senators who used the Global Magnisky Human Rights Act to force the president to determine if a foreign person was responsible for a human rights violation. The White House indicated the president could decline to respond to requests from Congress.

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