The Treasury Department announced Thursday it is slapping sanctions on 17 Saudi government officials over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month.
The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is sanctioning Saud Al-Qahtani, a senior official of the Saudi government who it says was part of the planning and execution of the operation that led to Khashoggi's death, as well as other government officials who it says were involved in the plot.
Rich Edson, State Department Correspondent for Fox News Channel, joined Fox News Radio's Marie Harf with the latest on Saudi Arabia.
On the sanctions against Saudi Arabia: They came almost immediately after the Saudi government had announced these charges and had announced it was seeking the death penalty and reiterated this story line that they had sent a team of 15 officials to their consulate in Istanbul to try to persuade Jamal Khashoggi to come back to Saudi Arabia and then an altercation occurred and he was killed. That's the story they continue to site today and almost a couple of hours after that the United States, the Treasury Department, at around 10:30 this morning announced that it was going to sanction 17 officials, those who are in the Saudi Royal Court. The administration did say, it was mentioned today at the State Department briefing, that this might not be the end of the sanctions. The State Department stressed that this is a good first step. (2:07)
On if the sanctions were coordinated: The State Department was asked directly about this today, whether there was any coordination. Just given the timing of this, Saudi Arabia makes it's announcement and a couple of hours later the U.S. makes it's sanctions announcement. The State Department says that the administration denies that there was coordination. (6:29)
On if Congress is going to pressure the administration to do more: I think they will. You saw an effort from Senator Paul today trying to end arms sales to Bahrain, which is a strong ally of Saudi Arabia. That effort was defeated today, but there has been and I think there will continue to be pressure. (8:39)