The Biden administration just won one for the president and his new, fist-bumping pal, the leader of Saudi Arabia.
The Washington Times reported on Wednesday that U.S. District Judge John Bates tossed a wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Salman reportedly ordered Khashoggi’s 2018 assassination, and his demise became a cause celebre for international leftists. As a candidate in 2019, Joe Biden declared that the Saudi regime would “pay the price” for allegedly killing the Washington Post columnist and that he would make them “the pariah that they are” on the world stage.
Biden added that there was “very little socially redeeming value in the present government in Saudi Arabia.”
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But last month, as The Free Press reported, Biden’s Justice Department did find some redeeming value in the leadership of the nation that it was lobbying for more oil just six months ago.
The Biden administration told the court that Salman deserved immunity from the lawsuit brought by Khashoggi’s girlfriend because he is the head of state in Saudi Arabia.
The Times noted on Wednesday that Judge Bates indicated “his hands were tied after the Department of Justice, acting on a request from the State Department, said the crown prince is considered the prime minister and head of state and thus shielded from the suit brought by Khashoggi’s fiancée.”
In his order dismissing the case, Bates, appointed by then-President George W. Bush in December 2001, wrote, “Despite the court’s uneasiness, then, with both the circumstances of bin Salman’s appointment and the credible allegations of his involvement in Khashoggi’s murder, the United States has informed the court that he is immune.”