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Alan Dershowitz: I Favored Obama Veto of 'Saudi 9/11' Bill, But...

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 04:26 PM

Renowned civil-rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz says President Barack Obama was justified in vetoing legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia's government — even though it was ultimately rejected by Congress.

"In the end, I think Obama may have the better of the argument on the merits of this legislation though it's close and I'm sympathetic with the victims of 9/11," Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, said Wednesday to J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live."

"The risks of other countries adopting this approach and holing Americans into court are probably too great – it's a close question, it's a close question."

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The White House on Wednesday slammed the U.S. Senate's nearly unanimous vote to reject Obama's veto. Dershowitz isn't convinced it should have done so, but said he also respects Congress' decision because it helps keep the commander-in-chief's power in check.

"Part of me is thrilled that the president had a veto overridden because this basically sends the president an interesting message that he ought to have known a long time ago," Dershowitz told Hayworth.

"We really do have a system of checks and balances and the president doesn't rule without the Senate, without Congress.

"The president sometimes thinks that he doesn't need the Senate or the Congress as he did during the Iran deal when he prevented the Senate from even voting on what essentially was a treaty. It serves the president right to have his veto overturned by Congress.

"But probably having a trial of a country is not good for international comity or international relations."

Dershowitz is author of "Electile Dysfunction: A Guide for Unaroused Voters," published by Rosettabooks.

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