The resolution would ask the city to ceremonially rename the block of New Hampshire Avenue where the embassy is at 601 New Hampshire Ave. NW to “Jamal Khashoggi Way.”
The resolution is expected to pass.
From there it would be up to the D.C. Council to follow through on it. If the Council passes the measure, it’s still subject to congressional review.
Below is a map of where the Saudi embassy is.
Before the ANC meeting, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis will brief the Senate Wednesday on Saudi Arabia and Yemen amid increasingly vocal calls in Congress for the U.S. to penalize Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s killing and to halt its support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.
The U.S. intelligence community, however, will not be represented at the briefing.
Congress and the White House are set for a showdown as there is bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for sanctions or other penalties for the Saudis and Trump has doubled down on the relationship.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says “some kind of response” is needed from the United States for the Saudis’ role in the gruesome death. The Senate is considering a vote as soon as this week to halt U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
“What obviously happened, as basically certified by the CIA, is completely abhorrent to everything the United States holds dear and stands for in the world,” McConnell said Tuesday. “We’re discussing what the appropriate response would be.”
In the face of that, Congress is set to vote on a war powers resolution this week, which would withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and is considering sanctions or other penalties for the kingdom.
But that depends on what comes out of the classified briefing, according to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who demanded that Haspel or someone from the intelligence community be there.
WTOP’s John Domen, ABC Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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