In response to a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims the ability to sue state sponsors of terror in court, former New York senator Hillary Clinton said, “I don’t really know about that.”
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Clinton claimed that she hasn’t “studied” the bill. (RELATED: Obama Fights Bill That Could Make Saudis Pay For 9/11)
New York Sen. [crscore]Charles Schumer[/crscore], who supports Clinton, has sponsored a bill that is backed by 9/11 victims families and would give families the right to sue state sponsors of terrorism in federal court.
Saudi Arabia opposes the bill. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also given as much as $25,000,000 to the Clinton Foundation. (RELATED: Find Out What Clinton Thinks About Being Called ‘Crooked Hillary’ By Trump)
Stephanopoulos asked Clinton, “Now, [the bill is] opposed by the Obama administration. They say it’s going to expose the US and its officials to retaliation. So who’s right here, Senator Schumer or President Obama?”
“I don’t really know about that, George,” Clinton claimed. “I’ll have to look into it. Obviously we’ve got to make anyone who participates in or supports terrorism pay a price. And we also have to be aware of any consequences that might affect Americans, either military or civilian or our nation. So I’m not–”
Amazed, Stephanopoulos interjected, “You don’t know about this issue? It’s been around for several years.”
“Well, I know there’s been an issue about it for quite some time. I don’t’ know about the specific legislation that you’re referring to, but obviously I’ll look into it,” Clinton said.
” Okay, so– but you’re not prepared to say now whether you support or oppose it?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“I can’t. I haven’t studied it. Unlike some people, I actually do try to learn what’ sat the core of any question before I offer an opinion, cause you know, it’s not enough to say what’s wrong. I think you’ve got a responsibility to say how you’re going to fix it,” Clinton said.
The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act was first introduced in 2013. Saudi Arabia has not responded kindly to the legislation, threatening to sell up to $750 billion in U.S. treasury securities and other assets if the bill becomes a law.