Rep. Omar released the following statement after an intelligence report revealed the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the plan to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
“This is a long overdue honest account of the brutality and lawlessness of the Saudi dictator Mohamed bin Salman. What was already apparent is now unmistakable: MBS and the Saudi regime are directly responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and must be held accountable.
“It is a dark stain on our nation’s conscience that the previous occupant of the White House not only collaborated with and funded the Saudi Arabian government—but bragged about covering up the murder of Mr. Khasshogi. But the corruption runs deeper. For decades, the United States has turned a blind eye to Saudi’s repression of woman, support for modern slavery, jailing of human rights advocates, and involvement in the worst terror attack on U.S. soil in history, September 11th. We let our imperialistic aims, reliance on fossil fuels and Cold War mentality trump basic respect for human rights and our genuine national interests.
“Today is a major turning point in our policy toward Saudi Arabia. I am proud that the White House acknowledged this crime, in addition to ending support for the Saudi crimes against humanity in Yemen.
“But we must go far further. To this day, we continue to supply Saudi Arabia with U.S. arms that are used to commit human rights abuses around the world. To this day, we still cooperate with the Saudi regime on defensive war efforts—including intelligence sharing. These must end. And there must be direct consequences for Mohamed bin Salman and his functionaries. In the coming days, I plan to introduce a bill to place sanctions on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in this and other human rights abuses.
“The United States should stand consistently for human rights and human dignity around the world—not just when it’s convenient.
“I was proud to support the congressional mandate to disclose this information, so that the world could see the evidence for the Saudi leader’s responsibility. Hiding from the truth may benefit some in the short-term, but true justice requires truth and transparency.”