Kaptur statement on the apparent murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi

October 21, 2018
Press Release

Toledo, OH - Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), the House’s longest serving woman and the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water, released the following statement regarding the apparent murder of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

“As gruesome, repugnant horrors about Saudi Arabia’s repressive kingdom emerge in the tragic death of Jamal Khashoggi, its reputation as the home to “Chop-Chop Square” is verified again  — a place where oil and money regularly trump liberty and free expression. At our own nation’s founding, as colonial rule was upended, free expression was viewed as so vital, its protection was placed in the very first amendment to our Constitution. Still, far too many have sold liberty’s soul for Saudi favor — crude, cash, or massive weapons deals.  U.S. leaders, beginning with our President and his relatives with financial interests in the Saudi kingdom, must ask themselves on whose side they stand: Liberty or gold-infused tyranny? Congress must demand a full accounting of the facts and circumstances surrounding the untimely death of Jamal Khashoggi.”