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Corker Leaving Senate Throws US Sanctions Against Saudis in Doubt

Corker Leaving Senate Throws US Sanctions Against Saudis in Doubt

The impending departure of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., from the Senate has thrown possible U.S. sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in doubt, The Hill is reporting.

Corker, who is retiring from the Senate in January, will give up his post as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee to Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

Corker is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, while Risch is a Trump loyalist, according to The Hill.

Corker said that “there has to be punishment and a price paid for that” if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of Khashoggi,

The Hill, quoting GOP insiders, said sanctions against leading members of the Saudi royal family remain uncertain because of the president’s intention to maintain good relations with Saudi Arabia. Trump has not held the crown prince responsible for the murder of Khashoggi

Since Corker is stepping down from the Senate his influence is waning, The Hill noted.

“I’d say it’s pretty much nonexistent,” an administration official said of Corker’s clout in the White House,

Corker has maintained the U.S. has an obligation under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to find and sanction those found responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. 

Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:07:17 +0000