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Monday, December 10, 2018

Bipartisan Senate Resolution Condemns Saudi Regime

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Bipartisanship is a rarity in Washington, DC of 2018, but this week, a group of Republican and Democratic senators have introduced a bipartisan resolution that not only rebukes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, for the murder of journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, but also, for Saudi policies in Yemen and Qatar.

The non-binding resolution was introduced by three Republican senators—Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida and Todd Young of Indiana—along with Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein of California, Chris Coons of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts. This resolution follows a closed-door briefing that was held in Washington, DC on December 4, when CIA Director Gina Haspel met with a handful of senators and discussed the Central Intelligence Agency’s investigation of Khashoggi’s death.…

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Saudis Used Veterans To Funnel Money To Trump

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

In a detailed new report Wednesday, journalists David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell at the Washington Post showed how the Saudi regime used a veterans group to dump hundreds of thousands of dollars into President Donald Trump’s business — an incident that has become emblematic of the Emoluments Clause case against the president.

The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause bars the president and other officials from receving payments from foreign governments while in office. Attorneys general from Washington D.C. and Maryland are currently bringing a case against the president because his continued control of his business empire has allowed him to receive such payments.…

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Sen. Graham: ‘I’d Be All Over’ Trump Officials ‘If They Were Democrats’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Remember when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was supposed to be one of the reasonable Republicans? Yeah, neither do I.

But as far off the deep end Graham has ventured thus far in his patently hypocritical alliance with President Donald Trump, his comments Tuesday about the administration’s position on Saudi Arabia was shocking for its explicit level of partisanship and lack of interest in fulfilling the Senate’s role in oversight of the executive branch.

Graham made the comments after senators were briefed by administration officials on the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s role in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.…

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