Judge Nap on Khashoggi's Reported Murder: Trump Must 'Put This Fire Out'
Says drastic action may be needed to bring killers to justice.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said the Trump administration may have to take drastic action after the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Turkey.
Speaking on "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Napolitano was asked about what President Trump can do to respond. He said if the suspects are identified, FBI agents could lawfully kidnap them in order to try them for a U.S. federal crime.
"It can happen," he said, explaining a judge ruled during the Reagan administration that it did not matter how the suspects were apprehended.
He emphasized that the allegedly gruesome murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul cannot go unanswered by the United States.
"The president has to put this fire out. The behavior is so morally repellent, so totally and universally, except perhaps in Saudi government, unacceptable that he has to do something," said Napolitano, adding that the administration has many factors to weigh with regard to the relations with the Saudis.
Napolitano said Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been applauded for some of his social reforms, but he also is alleged to have "kidnapped wealthy Saudis and had them beaten to within an inch of their lives until they turned billions in assets over to the government" in 2017.
"What kind of reform is that?" he asked, suggesting bin Salman could be replaced by one of his brothers who would presumably be "less reckless."
The Washington Post just published Khashoggi's final column, submitted just days before his Oct. 2 disappearance, in which he called for freedom of expression throughout the Arab world.