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Senators Send Letter to Secretary Pompeo

Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee sent an open letter to Secretary Pompeo lambasting him for failing to comply with stipulations of the Global Magnitsky Act invoked last fall. The bipartisan invocation of the act last October necessitates that the Trump Administration investigate the possibility of imposing sanctions on Saudi Arabia. The letter calls Pompeo’s response a “flagrant violation of the law,” and proceeds to request justification from the State Department as to its legal basis for not complying with Global Magnitsky. Additionally, the letter asks that Pompeo turn over a variety of documents related to the Trump Administration’s investigation of Khashoggi’s death. The letter imposes a February 28, 2019 deadline for the administration to turn over said documents.