Biden Breaks Promise To Hold MBS Accountable For Killing Journalist

President Joe Biden eats an ice cream cone at a Baskin-Robbins in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • “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.
  • “The State Department recognizes and allows the immunity of Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman as a sitting head of government of a foreign state.”
  • “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.

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