In 2019 President Joe Biden said that he wanted to “make Saudi Arabia pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are” after it was found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Now, Biden has proved yet again that he’s full of it – shielding the Saudi Crown Prince from a lawsuit over the murder.
The Biden regime said that MBS’ status holding a high office “allows immunity” in response to a lawsuit filed by Khashoggi’s fiancée and by the rights group he founded, Democracy for the Arab World Now.
“The State Department recognizes and allows the immunity of Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman as a sitting head of government of a foreign state,” said Richard C. Visek, Acting Legal Adviser, United States Department of State, in a letter.
“Under common law principles of immunity articulated by the Executive Branch in the exercise of its Constitutional authority over foreign affairs and informed by customary international law, Prime Minister bin Salman as a sitting head of government is immune while in office from the jurisdiction of the United States District Court in this suit,” the letter continued.
“In making this immunity determination, the Department of State takes no view on the merits of the present suit and reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The letter concludes with a DOJ request submitting a “suggestion of immunity to the district court.”
Over the summer, Biden had claimed that he “confronted” the Saudi Crown Prince over the murder – a claim which Saudi Arabia exposed as a blatant lie.
The immunity suggestion by his administration confirms Biden’s weak on Saudi Arabia stance after he pretended he would “make them pay.”
Critics suggested that Biden was essentially granting MBS a “license to kill.”
Even CNN called out how big of a fraud Joe Biden is – with Jake Tapper saying the Democrat president was letting MBS “get away with murder,” while the Saudi Crown Prince openly mocks him.
“A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that MBS ‘mocks President Biden in private, making fun of the 79-year-old’s gaffes and questioning his mental acuity,’ according to people inside the Saudi government. Nothing gets leaked by the Saudi government to The Wall Street Journal without MBS signing off on it, President Biden,” Tapper began.
“What are you — what are we — getting in exchange for letting this thug get away with murder, Mr. President?” Tapper asked. “Other than the stink of complicity?”
The Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan added that, “By going along with this scheme, President Biden is turning his back on fundamental principles of press freedom and equality. The American people – and those wronged by MBS in Saudi Arabia and around the world – deserve better.”