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“No one is above the law.” — then-vice presidential nominee Joe Biden, Sept. 2, 2008.
“No one is above the law.” — former Vice President Joe Biden, June 22, 2018.
“The State Department recognizes and allows the immunity of Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman as a sitting head of government of a foreign state.” — Joe Biden’s State Department, Nov. 17, 2022.
Apparently, when Biden says “no one is above the law,” what he means by “one” is “Republican president.” When he spoke those words in 2008, he was referring to former President George W. Bush; in 2018, he mentioned no names, but the oblique reference to then-President Donald Trump was pretty clear.
Also pretty clear is the fact that Biden doesn’t mean for the phrase to apply to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was accused by Biden’s Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year of ordering the death and dismemberment of U.S. resident and Washington Post correspondent Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
Despite a campaign promise to hold Khashoggi’s killers accountable, Biden’s administration has now all but guaranteed that bin Salman will never face consequences for his actions.
The State Department wrote to the Department of Justice Thursday, suggesting that the latter “submit a suggestion of immunity to the district court” that was hearing a lawsuit by Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancee, and DAWN, a pro-democracy group founded by Khashoggi.
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