When Joe Biden was running for president, he was asked if – unlike then-President Donald Trump – he would punish senior Saudi leaders for the 2018 murder of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Biden answered “Yes,” and went on to say that he believed Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered on the orders of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A version of this editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times.