Despite the State Department Banning 16 Saudis, Questions Remain Over Whether the Trump Administration Will Pursue Justice in the Case of Jamal Khashoggi

By: Evan Schleicher On April 8th, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that 16 Saudis, including one of the closest aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were being barred from entry to the United States under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2019. The full list of individuals can be seen here. The move was made in response to continued criticism about the lack of accountability for the individuals involved in the Jamal Khashoggi case and it reflects a shift in the Secretary of State’s attitudes on the issue. In January, Secretary Pompeo met with Saudi officials and focused on the internal Saudi investigative and judicial processes as a source of accountability. However, despite this shifting stance, it is still not clear if this new move is a genuine and effective push for justice or simply a political ploy to lessen criticism of the Trump Administration’s policies towards Saudi…

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