Reaction Of Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy And House Foreign Affairs Committee Vice Chair Tom Malinowski On The ODNI Report On The Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

(SATURDAY, Feb. 27, 2021) -- “We are concerned by early indications that the Biden Administration does not intend to impose a visa ban on all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  U.S. law is unequivocal:  section 7031(c) of H.R.133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 requires that “officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members about whom the Secretary of State has credible information have been involved, directly or indirectly, in…a gross violation of human rights shall be ineligible for entry into the United States.” The law provides a waiver if it would serve a compelling national interest.  We look forward to working with the State Department to ensure that the law is faithfully applied.”

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