Sen. Jim Risch was on the verge of facing down an insurgency from his GOP colleagues.
Top Senate Republicans were fuming at the Trump administration last week for ignoring congressional demands to further investigate the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
But Risch, the newly minted chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wasn’t eager to preside over an intraparty fight. And so he quickly began working to calm GOP senators — even giving potentially misleading information.
The Idaho Republican told several of his GOP colleagues that President Donald Trump had complied with the Magnitsky Act by sending Congress a report determining who was responsible for the Saudi journalist’s murder — even though the administration had already publicly declared that it was going to ignore lawmakers’ demand.
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