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( – The State Department issued a legal opinion that said Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from U.S. Courts. The prince has been sued by the fiancée of the late Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi, who in 2018 was murdered and dismembered in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

In President Biden’s campaign he promised that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would face “consequences” for Khashoggi’s death, according to the Associated Press. However, according to Biden’s administration, the Saudi leader’s senior position warrants immunity.

Journalists on MSNBC sharply criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to grant immunity to the Saudi Arabia’s crown prince as part of a “disturbing” and “embarrassing” trend in his relationship with the Middle Eastern country.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius was stunned by the Biden Administration’s last-minute decision to shield Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) from a civil lawsuit he faced over the killing of Khashoggi. Last year, the Biden administration declassified a report blaming the crown prince for the U.S.-based journalist’s death.

Ignatius noted that even President Trump refused to give immunity to the authoritarian leader, on Friday’s “Morning Joe.”

“What’s disturbing here is that the decision to elevate him to prime minister…came three days before the deadline that Judge Bates had set for a ruling on this question from the Justice Department and the State Department of whether he was entitled to immunity. In other words, this was the only way he was going to get it, and it came in at the 11th hour. The Trump administration, for all of its embrace of MBS, never gave him the immunity he wanted,” the journalist began.

He added, “He has been seeking immunity since 2020, 2021. The Trump administration left office without acting on that request. And it’s disturbing that the Biden administration ends up doing what Donald Trump himself wouldn’t do.”

Axios correspondent Jonathan Swan tied Biden’s decision to the fraught U.S. relationship with the Middle Eastern country over oil. 

Swan blasted the president for vowing to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” on the campaign trail and then having this “dizzying reversal when gas prices rise,” as one of the “most incoherent elements of Joe Biden’s policy agenda.”

“Then the fist bump, then the retraction, it’s just completely incoherent. It’s hard to know where he stands on this policy,” he huffed.

Over the Summer, Biden was criticized for giving a fist bump to the Saudi leader during his visit to the Middle East and refusing to say if he confronted the prince for ordering the killing of Khashoggi. 

Ignatius agreed with Swan that the president’s inconsistent dealings with the Saudis was “deeply embarrassing” and “humiliating.”

“Deeply embarrassing, and I want to say humiliating for Biden to have gone seeking support from MBS and to have gotten – basically got the back of his hand. No support on oil at a time when it’s strategically critical,” he argued.

As BizPac Review previously reported in February 2021, the Biden administration imposed sanctions on Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri, a Saudi Arabian top intelligence official and the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service on the prince’s protective detail. The action included visa restrictions on 76 Saudi nationals.

“We are going to hold them accountable for human rights abuses and we’re going to make sure that they, in fact, you know, if they want to deal with us, they have to deal with it in a way that the human rights abuses are dealt with,” Biden stammered at the time.

However, the sanctions did not include the crown prince, despite an intel report that found it was he who ordered the hit on Khashoggi.

The reasoning was that “directly penalizing” the prince would come at too high a price and would threaten the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

In its Thursday statement, the Biden administration pointed to those visa restrictions and said, “From the earliest days of this Administration, the United States Government has expressed its grave concerns regarding Saudi agents’ responsibility for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.” But once again, the crown prince and his role in the slaying were not mentioned.

In a statement, DAWN chief, Sarah Leah Whitson, noted the irony of the administration’s request.

“It’s beyond ironic that President Biden has singlehandedly assured MBS can escape accountability when it was President Biden who promised the American people he would do everything to hold him accountable,” she said.

“It’s impossible to read the Biden administration’s move today as anything more than a capitulation to Saudi pressure tactics,” she stated, “including slashing oil output to twist our arms to recognize MBS’s fake immunity ploy.”

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