Cotton Backs Biden On MBS Immunity In Khashogi Lawsuit

Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton on Sunday voiced agreement with the Biden administration’s decision to grant sovereign immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to protect him from a lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 05: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks at a campaign event for Nevada Republican U.S. Senate nominee Adam Laxalt on November 05, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Laxalt, a former Attorney General of Nevada, wrapped up his tour through the 17 counties of the state in his campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Cotton said the administration have last week granted sovereign immunity is in keeping with the customs of lawsuits involving foreign heads of state.
  • “It would have been a major break if those customs did not grant that kind of immunity,” Cotton said on “Fox News Sunday.”
  • The U.S. intelligence community previously concluded the killing of Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident, was ordered by the crown prince.
  • Cotton also reportedly said other regimes had done worse, so the U.S. shouldn’t be too picky with its foreign partners.

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