Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) has called for investigation into the disappearance and alleged killing of a Saudi journalist who works for the Washington Post inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey after he, Jamal Khashoggi, entered into the facility in Istanbul last week and never emerged.
In a letter to President Donald Trump, Portma joined Senators Bob Corker (R-TN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in penning a bipartisan letter that triggered an investigation and Global "Magnitsky sanctions" determination following the incident.
The letter was also signed by numerous other senators from both sides of the aisle.
According to the letter, The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act "requires the President, upon receipt of a request from the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for an extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression, and report to the Committee within 120 days with a determination and a decision on the imposition of sanctions on that foreign person or persons."
The Senators in the letter condemned the alleged killing, if it should be found to have been a killing, reading:
"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights, which includes “torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, prolonged detention without charges and trial, causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction and clandestine detention of those persons, and other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of person."
"Therefore, we request that you make a determination on the imposition of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi. Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia."