After journalist’s slaying, Trump must take a stand for decency

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October 22, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government, has rightly led to bipartisan outrage in Washington. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, for one, has vowed there will be “hell to pay” if, as has been reported, the U.S. resident was lured into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and brutally murdered by Saudi agents.

As a news organization that understands the dangers journalists face at home and abroad, we agree with Graham and applaud the bipartisan effort of nearly two dozen U.S. senators — led by Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Democrat Bob Menendez of New Jersey — calling for an immediate investigation into what are credible reports that the Saudi government is behind what is increasingly evident was Khashoggi’s death.

As Corker told the press last week after intelligence briefings on Khashoggi, “Everything points at this juncture to Saudi Arabia,” and, “Unfortunately it would appear that he’s been murdered.”

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