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Obama to veto Saudi 9/11 prosecution

The White House confirmed that Obama would veto the legislation allowing 9/11 families to launch civil suits against Riyadh

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Barack Obama will on Friday veto legislation allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia, risking public outrage and the first congressional override of his presidency.

The White House confirmed Thursday that Obama would veto the legislation – unanimously passed by Congress – allowing 9/11 families to launch civil suits against Riyadh.

“We believe this is a bad bill,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. “It’s why the president’s going to veto it.”

The White House argues the legislation would undermine sovereign immunity and potentially expose US officials and service members to litigation.

Obama has issued 11 vetoes so far in his presidency, none of which have garnered the two-thirds opposition needed for an override.