Washington Lobbyists Drop Saudi Arabia as a Client - Despite Huge Pay Days

Disclosure records filed with the Justice Department show the firm has been providing the Saudi Embassy with 'government relations and communications counsel' for $150,000 a month

President Donald Trump talks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, on October 11, 2018.
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A Washington lobbying firm has told Saudi Arabia it will no longer represent the kingdom, as international furor builds over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A person familiar with the move says The Glover Park Group informed the Saudis on Monday of the decision. The person wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

Disclosure records filed with the Justice Department show the firm has been providing the Saudi Embassy with “government relations and communications counsel” for $150,000 a month.

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The decision underscores the growing pressure facing Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi hasn’t been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. He wrote columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Another lobbying firm, The Harbour Group, severed its contract with the Saudi government late last week.