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George’s Fury: Clooney Called White House to Complain About Biden’s Criticism of Wife Amal’s Work

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George Clooney called the White House to complain after Biden denounced his wife's International Criminal Court case against Israeli leaders.

Jun. 7 2024, Published 9:51 a.m. ET

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George Clooney reportedly called the White House last month and complained to one of President Joe Biden's top aides after the president denounced the International Criminal Court's request to issue arrest warrants for Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, for war crimes, has learned.

Clooney's wife Amal, an international human rights lawyer, worked with ICC chief prosecutor Karim Khan and a panel of international legal experts to review evidence of suspected war crimes and crimes against humanity in Israel and Gaza. They also sought arrest warrants for top Hamas leaders.

“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 wrote in a statement backing the case. “So I support the historic step that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has taken to bring justice to victims of atrocities in Israel and Palestine.”

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George and Amal Clooney are said to be "leading separate leaves," with the power couple's demanding jobs and constant travel forcing them apart as their 10th anniversary nears.

Biden disagreed. “The ICC prosecutor’s application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous,” he responded in a statement of his own. “And let me be clear: whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence — none — between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”

On Tuesday, the House passed legislation that would impose sanctions on the ICC. Although Biden initially seemed opened to the idea, his administration now "strongly opposes" the measure because it "could require sanctions against court staff, judges, witnesses, and U.S. allies and partners who provide even limited, targeted support to the court in a range of aspects of its work."

Following the president's initial response last month, Clooney called Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president, to express concern over Biden's denunciation of the ICC's efforts, especially his use of the word "outrageous," and the possibility of sanctions that could affect Amal, three anonymous sources familiar with the conversation told The Washington Post.

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George Clooney may be in the doghouse with his wife, Amal, after the Democrat threw his weight behind President Joe Biden's reelection bid.

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Clooney is a longtime supporter of Democratic candidates and causes who donated more than $500,000 to Biden's campain in 2020 and co-hosted a virtual fundraiser during the pandemic that raised $7 million.

The A-lister is set to appear alongside former president Barack Obama, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, and actress Julia Roberts at a fundraiser for Biden's 2024 reelection campaign in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 15.

Although Clooney's disgruntled call to the White House reportedly led to some concern that the Hollywood star might drop out of the event entirely, insiders say that he still plans to attend — even if it's a little awkward.



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