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George Clooney called the White House to criticize Biden for calling his wife’s work on Israel ‘outrageous’

Hollywood superstar George Clooney reportedly called one of President Joe Biden’s top aides to complain about the president’s criticism of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest warrants against Israeli leaders — a case his wife, Amal Clooney, is involved in worked, as Washington Post reported after a conversation. to three people familiar with the conversation.

Clooney called Steve Ricchetti, adviser to the president, to condemn Biden’s condemnation of arrest warrants requested by ICC prosecutors for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and especially his use of the word “outrageous” to describe the decision of the president. to criticize and destroy the court.

His wife, Amal Clooney, is an international human rights lawyer and heads the Clooney Foundation for Justice. She said in a statement that prosecutors had called her in to help with the investigation, asking her to review evidence of suspected war crimes and provide legal analysis. The Clooney Foundation for Justice published the statement, which said the team’s legal findings were “unanimous.” ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan announced on May 20 that he wanted to charge Netanyahu, Gallant, Hamas leader Yehiya Sinwar and two other top Hamas leaders with war crimes.

“I do not accept that any conflict should be beyond the reach of the law, nor that any perpetrator should be above the law,” Amal Clooney wrote in the statement. “So I support the historic step taken by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to bring justice to the victims of atrocities in Israel and Palestine,” she added.

Washington Post revealed that the actor was “appalled” by the government’s initial openness to sanctioning the ICC because his wife might be subject to the punishments. Clooney has long been known for his support of Democrats and will appear at a fundraiser for the Biden campaign in Los Angeles.

The concerns raised by the actor spread throughout Biden’s campaign as some officials feared he would withdraw from participating in the high-profile fundraiser, which also included former President Barack Obama, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and actress Julia Roberts will be present.
However, both the White House and Clooney declined to comment on the matter.

In 2020, George Clooney donated more than $500,000 to Biden’s campaign efforts and co-hosted a virtual fundraiser for him that raised $7 million.