Rep. Ro Khanna, D-San Jose, is calling for congressional hearings over reports that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered an operation to lure journalist Jamal Khashoggi out of the U.S in a plan that may have led to his assassination.
Khanna said that the alleged killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, should convince lawmakers to end U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia's military campaign in Yemen.
"We need to stop arms sales to the Saudis. We need to look at potential sanctions," said Khanna, a leading House critic of the kingdom.
Khashoggi, who was living in Virginia, has been missing since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Instanbul, Turkey last week. The New York Times reported that the journalist was assassinated by Saudi agents at the consulate. The report cited anonymous Turkish officials who claim that Saudi agents used a bone saw to dismember his body and remove it from the building.
Turkish media are reporting that royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from Saudi Arabia that targeted Khashoggi.