02.08.19

BREAKING: Leahy REAX On Report That The President Will Ignore Filing Deadline For Magnitsky Act Report On The Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

The Magnitsky Act that requires a president to report back to Congress within 120 days is not a ‘request.’  It is a legal mandate.  It was triggered, under law, by a letter from the chair and ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined by Senator Graham and me, as the leaders of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations.  If the President ignores the clear mandate of the Magnitsky Act in a case involving premeditated murder perpetrated by officials of a foreign government, the White House will share the blame for attempting to cover up the crime and for helping those responsible to evade justice.  It is long past time that the President stop shielding those who brutally murdered Jamal Khashoggi, an American resident and journalist.

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