Obama looks to veto legislation that would allow Americans to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for the role the country had in the Sept 11, 2001, terror attacks!
Josh Earnest stated the legislation could jeopardize U.S. citizens overseas if other countries were to pass reciprocal laws that remove foreign immunity in their courts.
“It could put the United States and our taxpayers and our service members and our diplomats at significant risk if other countries were to adopt a similar law,” he said.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters:
“Given the long list of concerns I have expressed…it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which the president would sign the bill as it’s currently drafted,”
The issue centers around 28 “Missing” pages concerning the country of Saudi Arabia from the Sept 11 congressional inquiry report.
The NYPost reports:
In its report on the still-censored “28 pages” implicating the Saudi government in 9/11, “60 Minutes” last weekend said the Saudi role in the attacks has been “soft-pedaled” to protect America’s delicate alliance with the oil-rich kingdom.
That’s quite an understatement.
Actually, the kingdom’s involvement was deliberately covered up at the highest levels of our government. And the coverup goes beyond locking up 28 pages of the Saudi report in a vault in the U.S. Capitol basement. Investigations were throttled. Co-conspirators were let off the hook.
Leaked information from the redacted section, includes a flurry of pre-Sept 11 phone calls between the Saudi Embassy and one of the hijackers’ Saudi handlers in San Diego.
The leaks also include the transfer of some $130,000 from the personal checking account of Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar’s family to another one of the hijackers’ Saudi handlers in San Diego.
The Sept 11 legislation has bipartisan support from Senator John Cornyn (R) and Senator Charles Schumer (D), the authors of the bill.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both threw obama under the bus, backing the legislation ahead of Tuesday’s New York primary.
Sanders also said he supports making the 28 pages of the Sept 11 report public.