Clinton would sign 9/11 bill if she were president

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser MORE would sign a controversial bill allowing families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, her campaign says, breaking with President Obama.


The White House is expected to veto the bill Friday, after it unanimously passed both the House and Senate.

“Clinton continues to support the efforts by Sen. [Chuck] Schumer [D-N.Y.] and his colleagues in congress to secure the ability of 9/11 families and other victims of terror to hold accountable those responsible,” spokesman Jesse Lehrich said Friday, according to Yahoo News.

"She would sign this legislation if it came to her desk."

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) would allow those injured or families of the deceased from the 9/11, terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government using the U.S. court system.

A series of four coordinated plane hijackings on Sept. 11, 2001, killed 2,996 people and wounded more than 6,000 others.

Saudi Arabia has long been accused of supporting the hijackers — charges which Saudi leadership fiercely denies.

Obama says the bill would undermine decades-old diplomatic immunity protections.

A 1976 law exempts foreign governments from lawsuits in U.S. courts.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Sanders: 'Not crazy' about nixing the Senate filibuster McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Ky..) this week said the upper chamber will return early from its recess in order to vote on overriding Obama’s veto.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.) said the House will follow suit, predicting “the votes are there for an override.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said she would oppose Obama and vote to override the veto.

“I’ve worked with these families a very long time and I think they should have their day in court,” she told reporters in the Capitol.

The White House has said that passing the legislation could undermine U.S.-Saudi cooperation against terrorist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.