Sending Office: Honorable Bonnie Watson Coleman
Sent By:
Brad.Korten@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

SIGN ONTO A LETTER URGING SECRETARY MNUCHIN NOT TO GO TO SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE FUTURE INVESTMENT INITIATIVE

CLOSING AT 1:00 PM TODAY

 

Cosigners: Norton,

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to sign onto a letter urging Secretary Mnuchin to not attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh in light of the disappearance and alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials in their consulate in Istanbul.

Many American companies and media outlets including Google, Uber, JP Morgan, Ford Motor Company, the New York Times, and CNN have already pulled out of the conference in light of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance. Considering the seriousness of the accused crimes,
we need to review the details surrounding the incident before moving forward in our bilateral relationship with the Saudi government.

For more information on the letter or if you would like to be included as a cosigner, please contact Brad Korten (brad.korten@mail.house.gov)  or call (202) 225-5801. Due to time sensitivity we plan to close
this letter at 1:00PM today so we can gather signatures and send out by close of business. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

 

 

BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
Member of Congress

 

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October 17, 2018

 

The Honorable Steven Mnuchin

Secretary of the Treasury

United States Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20220

 

Dear Secretary Mnuchin:

We strongly urge you not to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh in light of the disappearance and alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials in their consulate in Istanbul.

As you are aware, Mr. Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. While the mounting evidence suggests the involvement of 15 Saudi officials in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi
government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, many questions still remain unanswered.

According to Freedom House, a nonpartisan think-tank, global print, broadcast, and digital media freedom in Saudi Arabia has reached its lowest point in 13 years due to, “unprecedented threats to journalists and media outlets in major democracies and new moves
by authoritarian states to control the media, including beyond their borders.” The US has long valued the fundamental principles of press freedom and free speech and continuing to show support for a regime without seeking accountability for horrific crimes
like the alleged execution of a journalist would be antithetical to democratic values. The crown prince has a long history of showing little tolerance for critics of his government, and we cannot continue to turn a blind eye for the convenience of short-term
economic gains from arms agreements, as suggested by President Trump.

As the Crown Prince prepares for his Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh next week, we strongly urge you to reconsider your participation. Many American companies and media outlets including Google, Uber, JP Morgan, Ford Motor Company, the
New York Times, and CNN have already pulled out of the conference in light of Mr. Khashoggi’s disappearance. Considering the seriousness of the accused crimes, we must request and review the details surrounding the incident before moving forward in our bilateral
relationship with the Saudi government. Pending a thorough investigation that provides truthful answers to Mr. Khashoggi’s whereabouts, I encourage you to suspend any trips and meetings with Saudi officials.  

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

 

Sincerely,

 

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