Trump defies Congress — to shield MBS from accountability on Jamal Khashoggi

This week, the Open Society Justice Initiative filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York seeking the release of the Khashoggi report under the Freedom of Information Act. The group filed a FOIA request for the documents in July, but — no surprise — received no response by the legal deadline.

The Muslim Times

 Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2019.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during the talks in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2019. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)
August 21, 2020

THE TRUMP administration has repeatedly crossed legal boundaries in resisting accountability to Congress, most notably during last year’s impeachment investigation. A less noticed but equally clear-cut case is its stonewalling on behalf of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman following the 2018 murder of exiled journalist and Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The hit was carried out by a team of Saudi operatives, and the CIA concluded with “medium to high confidence” that it was ordered by the crown prince.

Ever since, a bipartisan congressional majority has sought to require the administration to hold Mohammed bin Salman and others involved in the crime accountable. Days after the murder, 22 senators invoked a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human…

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