Transcript for Congress Approves a Bill to Allow Families of 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia
Two days and before the anniversary of September 11 congress approved a bill to allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue a Saudi Arabia in American courts the bill has been sent to President Obama who is expected to veto it now fifteen of the nineteen hijackers. We're Saudi ad lot of 9/11 commission found absolutely no evidence that the government played a role. Some families want to make their case and courts and joining us this morning ABC's senior in the course on a sunny Hostin who's here in studio. And it Washington DC our political correspondent death and I would thank you for joining us in DeVon one start with you so. President Obama is again to speak as he believes that it will put Americans overseas and in harm's way can you tell us a little bit more about that and why is he expected to veto it. Yet that's right Paula President Obama is an affair he uncomfortable position here the 9/11 families are furious at him. For not supporting this they were just your Washington on Friday by the busload to push for this. Here's the thing the White House says the president. He is likely to block this thing and it's because Saudi is a key US ally of course they don't want to get sued. In US courts but I think more important more concerning to the president as you said is the long term precedent this could set. He worries it could invite retaliation. Against the US and foreign courts are there enough votes in congress to override his veto. Yet and if you take a look at how this thing sailed through congress one of the few things both Republicans and Democrats agree on around here these days overwhelming support. Congress needs two thirds support in each chamber to override the president looks like they have that even if some people change their minds I would be a big embarrassment for Obama. Harry senate what I want to bring you into and the families have been asking for this for over a decade what hope. Is there for the families that this will ever get to a courtroom this and I think if the bill passes certainly it can get to a courtroom but the bottom line is how to they prove. The country's involvement how to they prove Saudi Arabia was involved in either. Terrorism or financing terrorism I think that's going to be very difficult to even if the legal standard is it beyond a reasonable doubt let's say it's my preponderance of the evidence which is. It's just a mere tipping of the scales. That is still going to be very difficult way you do about the money trail now. Very short on time here but does international law trump our law in this system it does not usually governments can't be sued by United States citizens but this bill will carve out an exception to stock up to sovereign immunity. And families would be able to sue but again I don't know how successful it's going to be in court. I mean thank you very much.
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