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Rep. Pete King: Hillary Clinton Can Save Saudi 9/11 Bill

Rep. Pete King: Hillary Clinton Can Save Saudi 9/11 Bill

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 12:01 PM

Despite a promised presidential veto of the bill to permit families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabian government, Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y.,  the bill's chief sponsor, said it can be saved if Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton weighs in on its behalf.

"Hillary Clinton can turn this around," King told Newsmax Tuesday.

The former secretary of state could "call the president, and show some strength by telling him she believes in justice for the 9/11 victims to ask him to change his mind and sign the bill," King said about the legislation known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

He also pointed out that Republican nominee Donald Trump, who joined King in New York over the weekend, "has told me he is definitely for it. Secretary Clinton, to the best of my knowledge, has taken no position on it and said nothing publicly."

The bill sailed through the House on a voice vote Friday, four months after it passed the Senate on a voice vote as well. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest re-stated the President’s intention to veto the measure because it "opens up the U.S. to being hauled into courts around the world."

"It's not hard to imagine other countries hauling U.S. service members, U.S. diplomats, and even U.S. companies into courts around the world," said the President's top spokesman.

Earnest also said that permitting 9/11 victims' families to sue the Saudi government "could set up a situation in which judges at different levels reach different conclusions" about what is a terrorist state.

Lawmakers who spoke to Newsmax agreed that while an override was likely to reach the necessary two-thirds vote required in the House, it was unlikely to get enough votes in the Senate.

"I see an override of a veto by the Senate as highly unlikely despite the merits of this bill and despite how awful a 'no' vote by Senate Democrats would be for them, politically speaking," said Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.

Rep. Tom Massie, R-Ky., suggested that Obama's veto would be very damaging to the Democratic Party.

"I’m surprised he'd veto it because it puts the Democrats in a very interesting position," Massie said. "We should be asking where the two presidential candidates stand on this. And it will be truly interesting to see Hillary's response, given that her foundation got so much money from the Saudis."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

 

 

 

 

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