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It’s Time to Hold Saudi Arabia Accountable:

Prohibit U.S. Military Aid and Arms Sales

Cosponsor H.R. 7082


Cosponsors: Jim McGovern, Debbie Dingell, Thomas Massie, Jan Schakowsky, Peter Welch, Jared Huffman, John Lewis, Mark DeSaulnier, Frank Pallone, Jr.,
Walter Jones, Mark Pocan, Barbara Lee, Rick Nolan, Peter DeFazio, Ro Khanna, Jackie Speier, Chellie Pingree, Raúl Grijalva,
Justin Amash, Nydia Velázquez, Tulsi Gabbard, Yvette Clarke (NY), Bobby Rush, Anna Eshoo, Lloyd Doggett, Gwen Moore, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Hank Johnson, Jr.

Dear Colleague,

            I would like to bring to your attention a New York Times article,
C.I.A. Briefing on Khashoggi Solidifies Senators’ View of Prince Mohammed’s Complicity,
describing the reaction of senators to the briefing they just received on Saudi Arabia and intelligence information regarding the murder of journalist
and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi (
In addition, this morning, December 4th, the Washington Post also published a strong editorial,
A White House in denial,

            The time to act on Saudi Arabia’s heinous murder of Jamal Khoshoggi is now. I ask you to please cosponsor of
H.R. 7082, bipartisan legislation to prohibit U.S. security assistance and arms sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under the terms of the bill, the president may request a waiver for such assistance and arms sales on a case-by-case
basis, which Congress would then need to approve by joint resolution. Waiver requests would be accompanied by a report informing Congress of how such aid or sales advance U.S. national security and defense interests; the status of the investigation and bringing
to justice those responsible for the murder of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi; and a description of the state of human rights, including freedom of the press, in Saudi Arabia.


James P. McGovern

Member of Congress

C.I.A. Briefing on Khashoggi Solidifies Senators’ View of Prince Mohammed’s Complicity

By Eric Schmitt and Nicholas Fandos

  • Dec. 4, 2018

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senior senators on Tuesday said that a classified briefing by the C.I.A. director had only solidified their belief that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal
Khashoggi, an American resident and Washington Post columnist.

Prince Mohammed “is a wrecking ball,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters after an hourlong briefing by Gina Haspel, the C.I.A. director. “I think he’s complicit in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to the highest level possible.”

Richard Shelby, Republican of Alabama and the Appropriations Committee chairman, echoed that “all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince.”

“This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way,” Mr. Shelby said.

Senators, however, were divided as to what steps to take next, following a stinging vote last week to consider a measure cutting off American military
aid to the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

 “Somebody should be punished, but the question is: How do you separate the Saudi crown prince from the nation itself?” Mr. Shelby said.

Mr. Graham said he would not vote for the Yemen resolution. Instead, he said, he would rally support for a different effort against the kingdom to cut off arms sales and military aid for the war in Yemen, and impose new sanctions on those responsible for
the killing, including the crown prince.

“There is not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw. You have to be willfully blind” not to see it, Mr. Graham said. He was referring to a bone saw that Turkish officials have said was used
to dismember Mr. Khashoggi
 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.


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