TOP News

World: Khashoggia fiancée urges court to ignore Biden admin request for MBS immunity

Biden’s ‘pandemic is over’ comment comes back to haunt him as he seeks $10B in new COVID funding

  Biden’s ‘pandemic is over’ comment comes back to haunt him as he seeks $10B in new COVID funding Republicans are signaling opposition to President Biden's request for another $10 billion in funding to fight COVID, two months after Biden said the pandemic is over.The White House said this week that while COVID is "no longer the disruptive force it was" a few years ago, new subvariants of the virus are still a threat. Its letter to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said additional funding is needed to help the U.S. "stay prepared in the face of an unpredictable virus.

Hatice Cengiz, who was engaged to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to his death, is asking a federal court not to go along with the Biden administration's position that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has immunity from litigation – particularly Cengiz's lawsuit accusing him of being liable for Khashoggi's death.

The administration's position is based on the State Department's determination that bin Salman – commonly known as MBS – has immunity as a head of state due to his position as Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia. Cengiz, in a Tuesday court filing, claimed that this title was only conferred upon MBS so that we would be immune from her lawsuit.

Cruz says Republicans should focus on President Biden, not Hunter: 'Joe Biden is the godfather'

  Cruz says Republicans should focus on President Biden, not Hunter: 'Joe Biden is the godfather' Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on his podcast that the GOP needs to focus on President Biden in its investigations, not just on the First Son Hunter Biden.On the most recent episode of his podcast, "Verdict with Ted Cruz," the Texas Republican said his party needs to turn its attention to Biden in their investigations, and not focus on his embattled son.

"Here, Plaintiffs contend that the scope of head-of-state immunity does not extend to situations in which foreign nations manipulate the jurisdiction of American court," Cengiz said in her filing, in which she noted that MBS became prime minister "six days before the deadline for the United States to submit its views on head-of-state immunity[.]"

"The Royal Order created an unexplained and unprecedented ‘exception’ to the Basic Law of Governance allowing MBS to be deemed Prime Minister," the filing said, adding that the same order "reaffirmed that the King would continue to chair the sessions of the Council of Ministers."

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REQUESTS IMMUNITY FOR SAUDI CROWN PRINCE IN KHASHOGGI KILLING: ‘BEYOND IRONIC’

Ray Liotta's Fiancee Says Grief Is 'Unbearable' in Thanksgiving Tribute

  Ray Liotta's Fiancee Says Grief Is 'Unbearable' in Thanksgiving Tribute WEDNESDAY ADDAMS "Dance Scene" (2022) Jenna Ortega, Tim Burton Series © 2022 - Netflix

Cengiz argued that due to the circumstances surrounding the order making MBS prime minister and because King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud still chairs the Council of Ministers sessions, MBS is not head of state in practice. Her filing stated that "all other provisions of the Basic Law of Governance—such as the King’s status as ‘ultimate arbiter’ over all branches of government—remain in place."

READ ON THE FOX NEWS APP

"The sole realistic explanation for these developments is that the King declared MBS to be Prime Minister to enable MBS to evade this Court’s jurisdiction," she continued.

BIDEN CONFRONTS SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ON KHASHOGGI KILLING

Fox News reached out to the Justice Department for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

In this image released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets President Joe Biden with a fist bump after his arrival at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File © Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File In this image released by the Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, greets President Joe Biden with a fist bump after his arrival at Al-Salam palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File

Khashoggi, an internationally known and respected journalist, was killed by Saudi officials Oct. 2, 2018 after publicly criticizing the crown prince's harsh methods of silencing his rivals or critics. It's believed he was dismembered, but his remains have not been found.

A rogue Trump judge has thrown the Supreme Court in disarray

  A rogue Trump judge has thrown the Supreme Court in disarray Arguments in United States v. Texas dwelled on whether to upend one of the judiciary’s longstanding procedures in order to neutralize the most reactionary judges.And because federal trial court procedures in Texas frequently permit litigants to choose which judge will hear their case, Texas’s Republican attorney general often chooses Tipton to hear challenges to Biden administration policies. At least when it comes to immigration, Tipton has acted as a reliable partisan.

According to The Associated Press, the U.S. intelligence community concluded the crown prince gave the approval for Khashoggi's killing, despite the country's claim that he was not directly involved.

The State Department called the decision to try to protect the Saudi crown prince from U.S. courts in Khashoggi's killing ‘purely a legal determination,’ citing ‘longstanding precedent,’ according to the AP. MBS and his attorneys responded to the administration's suggestion of immunity by calling for the lawsuit against him to be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

Cengiz recognized that "courts have traditionally deferred to the State Department’s suggestions of immunity for foreign heads of state" and that "courts have stated that such determinations are ‘conclusive’ and ’determinative.'"

Nevertheless, she argued, the "sweeping language" in those cases "should not be interpreted to cover the unique facts of this case" because, in past cases, "there was no suggestion that the defendant was appointed to his office in order to manipulate the court’s jurisdiction."

Fox News' Elizabeth Pritchett and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Saudi prince over Khashoggi killing .
A U.S. federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The decision to throw out the lawsuit falls in line with the position of President Biden's administration, who have insisted that bin Salman is legally immune from the charges.

See also