April 17, 2016

Clinton On Key 9/11 Bill: “I Don’t Really Know About That”

Secretary Clinton demonstrated this morning that, despite being “from” New York and the former Secretary of State, she had little to no knowledge of a major piece of legislation that would allow victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks to sue foreign governments.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You’re senior senator here in New York, Chuck Schumer has sponsored a bill backed by the 9/11 families that would give them the right to sue state sponsors of terror in federal court. Now, it’s 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?

CLINTON: I don’t really know about that, George. 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—

STEPHANOPOULOS: (CROSSTALK) You don’t’ know about—It’s been around for several years.

CLINTON: 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.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Okay, so– but you’re not prepared to say now whether you support or oppose it?

CLINTON: I can’t. I haven’t studied it. Unlike some people I actually do try to learn what’s at the core of any question before I offer and opinion because 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.

The bill in question is called the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, and it was first introduced by Schumer in September 2013. For Clinton to say, “I don’t’ know about the specific legislation that you’re referring to,” shows a stunning lack of awareness on her part.