Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is urging Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin not to go ahead with plans to participate in a conference in Saudi Arabia.
Banks’ comments follow the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mnuchin had told CNBC that he is “concerned about what is the status of Mr. Khashoggi.” However, Mnuchin said he still plans to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.
But Banks tweeted: “Secretary Mnuchin should cancel his travel to Saudi Arabia later this month until the world receives answers about what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”
Turkish security officials say Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on orders from the royal court, The New York Times reported.
Attributing the information to an unnamed Turkish security official, the Times said Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents who dismembered his body with a bone saw.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has already backed out of the conference, as well as the New York Times and some others.
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