Ro Khanna Wants Answers from American Intelligence on Jamal Khashoggi’s Death
Congressmen Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) are calling on Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to release information regarding the U.S. intelligence community’s advance knowledge of Saudi Arabia’s plot to capture journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi. In a letter, a bipartisan group of 55 members of Congress seeks answers as to whether the Trump administration’s intelligence agencies performed their duty to warn Khashoggi of the credible threat to his life and liberty posed by the Saudi plot to capture him; the precise date on which any arm of the U.S. intelligence community first became aware of the Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi; and whether the intelligence community will declassify portions of U.S. intercepts of Saudi officials relevant to Khashoggi’s disappearance. “In weighing the merits of U.S.-Saudi military cooperation, it is imperative that Members of Congress have a full, detailed grasp of the intelligence community’s knowledge of Saudi actions and their potentially harmful impact on the wellbeing of U.S. residents and citizens, as well as any U.S. intelligence failures pertaining to Saudi activities that may have contributed to needless loss of life,” the members wrote. See the letter here.