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Obama Deserves Impeachment Even Now, If He Vetoes JASTA Bill

Sept. 12, 2016 (EIRNS)—"The President does plan to veto this legislation," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest replied to a reporter’s question on Obama’s already stated intention to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) bill, and thus defend his chosen British and Saudi "allies." At today’s mid-day press briefing, Earnest stated, "That is still the plan. I do anticipate the President will veto the legislation when it is presented to him, [although] it hasn’t been presented to him yet."

Such an action by the "lame duck" Obama would only seal his "legacy" as a defender of terrorist states.

A letter from 19 members of the 9/11 families group urging Obama to sign the JASTA bill, was released yesterday, upping the pressure on Obama. Their letter says this 15th anniversary of 9/11 is more difficult than previous ones, precisely because Obama is leaving them hanging by threatening the veto.

Calling the bill the "missing piece of America’s anti-terrorism campaign," they say that the right to sue Saudi Arabia, and other state sponsors of terrorism, "is important for our nation, because it will help to deter state-sponsored terrorism."

"You have had your differences with us about JASTA. And we have been supportive of the reasonable efforts Congress has made to address your misgivings. But, now, Congress has acted, and ... passed [this legislation] without a single dissenting voice.

"JASTA will be delivered to you soon, perhaps Monday. And, here lies the reason this anniversary is made even harder than past ones: We don’t know what you will do. We are left to wait, to hear remembrances and reassurances and regrets."

A similar request was made, today, by the 9/11 Families of Connecticut, with spokesman Brett Eagleson, whose father was killed at the World Trade Center, telling the press that a threatened veto was like, "a kick in the stomach to 2,996 victims of terrorism on American soil."

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