Representative David Trone

Representing the 6th District of Maryland

Rep. Trone and Rep. Connolly Send Letter to Trump Demanding Answers for Death of Jamal Khashoggi

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April 8, 2019
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
(Trone) Hannah Muldavin, Hannah.Muldavin@mail.house.gov

(Connolly) Jamie Smith, Jamie.Smith@mail.house.gov

Rep. Trone and Rep. Connolly Send Letter to Trump Demanding Answers for Death of Jamal Khashoggi

Letter Sent Following the Six Month Anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi’s Death

Washington, DC - Today, Rep. David Trone (MD-06) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11) released a letter sent to President Trump and signed by 42 Members of Congress requesting the President report immediately the determination of responsibility in the death of Jamal Khashoggi over six months ago.

The report, required by law under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, was requested on October 10 by then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Robert Menendez. On February 8, 2019, the date the report was due, the administration declined to deliver the legally-mandated investigation. The report was expected to determine the responsibility for Mr. Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2, 2018.

“Protecting human rights around the world should be of the utmost priority to the United States,” said Rep. David Trone (MD-06), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism. “Yet six months since Jamal Khashoggi’s horrendous death, the President has ignored Congress’ legally-required request for answers. No one, not even an American ally, is above the law, and the President must comply with our request for answers.”

“It’s been six months since Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered. When do the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness trump diplomatic nicety? We must insist upon justice for Jamal, no matter how high up it may go,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (VA-11), also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism.

Rep. Trone and Rep. Connolly were joined by 40 Members of Congress in signing the letter: Representatives Colin Allred, Karen Bass, Don Beyer, Julia Brownley, Sean Casten, David Cicilline, Gil Cisneros, Emanuel Cleaver, TJ Cox, Suzan DelBene, Ted Deutch, Debbie Dingell, Mike Doyle, Adriano Espaillat, Ruben Gallego, Jim Himes, Chrissy Houlahan, Jared Huffman, Bill Keating, Ro Khanna, Andy Levin, Tom Malinowski, Betty McCollum, Jim McGovern, Grace Meng, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ilhan Omar, Jamie Raskin, Kathleen Rice, Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, Donna Shalala, Brad Sherman, Albio Sires, Rashida Tlaib, Paul Tonko, Juan Vargas, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jennifer Wexton, and Susan Wild.

The complete letter is attached.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

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