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Peter King on 9/11 Bill: Families Can Only Sue Saudis for Money, Not Jail

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 September 2016 08:50 PM

The bipartisan override Wednesday of President Barack Obama's veto of the 9/11 was significant because the law allows victims and families to only sue the Saudi government for money, Rep. Peter King told Newsmax TV.

"It only involves international acts of terrorism, not acts of war," the New York Republican told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "If you're at war with a country, all you can do is sue a government.

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"You're suing them for money. You can't lock people up, you can't bring them to criminal court — and you can't sue individuals personally.

"You can only sue the government," King said.

But political commentator Michael Reagan, author of the new book "Lessons My Father Taught Me: The Strength, Integrity, and Faith of Ronald Reagan," raised the retaliation issue.

"What is going to be the reaction from other people, other governments around the country about our military, our ambassadors, and whomever?" Reagan asked. "Are they now going to be open to be sued by other nations and other countries?"

Noting a Saudi official has warned the law could lead the country to withdraw its investments in the U.S., King predicted doing so would be against its own interests.

"The Saudis are cooperating with us in a number of areas now, but they're doing it in their self-interest," King told Hayworth. "They're not going to allow hurt feelings or a lawsuit to keep them from cooperating with us, so long as it's in their self-interest.

"If it's not in their self-interest, they will back away. They play both sides of the fence at different times right now.

"They're much more with us than against us, but again, they are not going to make any decisions based on us hurting their feelings," King said.

The congressman added having the 9/11 bill in place "really is gratifying, especially since so many of the families are friends and neighbors of mine.

"I've known them for years. I knew their loved ones who were killed.

"It's personally gratifying, but really to be able to see the reaction of these families who have suffered for so long — it's going to be part of a sense of justice."

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