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Sen. Merkley on Khashoggi Killing: ‘Our President is Engaged in a Cover-Up of the Cover-Up’

On Wednesday,  CNN host Erin Burnett asked Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) if a proposed bipartisan resolution in the Senate that aims at rebuking the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi would pass the Senate.

Merkley replied: “I think that will pass the Senate.”

Burnett then asked that if the measure does indeed pass,  if President Donald Trump — who has openly signaled that the United States would not punish the Saudi crown prince —  has the “guts” to veto the bill.

“Well, he might,” the senator replied, noting that the rebuke may ultimately say “no arms sales,” something Trump is likely to chafe at. He also stressed the measure had a long ways to go before ultimately landing on Trump’s desk.

Then, after suggesting Trump might actually use a potential veto to broker a softer arms deal, the senator said this about the president: “Right now he’s just, our president is engaged in a cover-up of the cover-up and it’s wrong.”

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution that says the Senate “based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence that Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”

The move — a sharp departure from the Trump administration’s stance — comes after senators were finally briefed on the matter by the CIA.

Watch above, via CNN.

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