US President Barack Obama (L) gestures as he walks with King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (3rd R), King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa (2nd R) and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (R) in Riyadh, on April 21, 2016. (AFP)
A vote is coming this week to the US House of Representatives on a bill that would allow family members of the 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, an official says.
The bill is expected to be passed at the House following an approval from the US Senate, an unnamed aide for House leadership told The Hill.
After a probable approval by the House the bill will head the White House, where US President Barack Obama is expected to veto it.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said in April that the bill needs to be reviewed "to make sure we are not making mistakes with our allies and that we’re not catching people in this that shouldn’t be caught up in this.”
Ties between Saudi officials and terrorists behind the September 11, 2001 attacks were exposed when lawmakers released redacted 28 secret pages of a congressional investigation.
Several suspicious connections were outlined in the report between the 19 hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudi citizens, and the monarchy’s officials; however, no definitive comment is made about the Sudi invlivement.
“In their testimony, neither CIA nor FBI witnesses were able to identify definitely the extent of Saudi support for terrorist activity globally or within the United States and the extent to which such support, if it exists, is knowing or inadvertent in nature,” authors claimed in the report. “It should be clear that this joint inquiry has made no final determinations as to the reliability or sufficiency of the information regarding these issues that we found contained in FBI and CIA documents.”