US Senators have warned President Donald Trump that ramping up pressure on the Saudi royal family over the disappearance of US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi could endanger relations between Washington and Riyadh.
Khashoggi, a Virginia-based critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies, has been unaccounted for since October 2 when he visited the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul to get paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée.
Authorities in Turkey believe he died there at the hands of a “murder squad” flown from Riyadh to kill him and dispose of his body. His body was smuggled out, they say, perhaps in a diplomatic car.
Top Republican senators expressed hope on Thursday that the Trump administration would heed their warning and act on the Senate’s request for the White House to conduct a statutorily required investigation into Khashoggi’s case or whether punitive measures, including sanctions, against the…