Mr. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (for unknown reasons so far) is likely to veto legislation allowing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack to sue Saudi Arabia
White House sides with Saudi Arabia over the families of 9/11 victims, despite mounting evidence that implicates the Saudi royal family with funding and directing the September 11, 2001, attacks.
On Tuesday, President Obama took to the morning cable news circuit to reiterate his vow to veto legislation allowing victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack to sue Saudi Arabia, arguing that it would expose the United States to similar lawsuits.
“If we open up the possibility that individuals and the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries,” Obama told Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”
The 9/11 bill, advanced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) would grant families of 9/11 victims the right to sue, in a United States court, the Saudi government and members of the Saudi royal family for funding and providing material support to al-Qaeda terrorists.
President Obama sounded noncommittal during the interview regarding the likelihood that the 28 missing pages of the 9/11 report would be released, despite White House officials reaching out to Graham on April 11, informing him that they planned to release the documents shortly.
“I have a sense of what’s in there,” Obama told Charlie Rose, referring to the contents of the redacted sections.
“This has been a process which we generally reveal with through the intelligence community and Jim Clapper, our director of National Intelligence, has been going through to make sure that whatever it is that is released is not going to compromise some major national security interest of the United States. My understanding is that he’s about to complete that process.”