US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that US government “must re-evaluate and recalibrate the relationship with Saudi Arabia” in light of the release of a declassified report on the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Pelosi also said that House Democrats will introduce legislation to honor his life’s work “with targeted sanctions on those who commit gross violations against journalists.”
“Saudi Arabia needs to know that the world is watching its disturbing actions and that we will hold it accountable,” she said in the statement on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, President Joe Biden’s administration released an unclassified intelligence report on the Khashoggi’s death, an action his predecessor refused to take as he downplayed US intelligence.
The report from the director of national intelligence says the crown prince, known as MBS, directly approved the killing of Khashoggi. But while a sanctions list from the Treasury Department listed a former deputy intelligence chief and the Saudi Royal Guard’s rapid intervention force, the crown prince wasn’t listed.