Former Florida senator Bob Graham dropped a bombshell last night when he claimed President Obama will decide whether to declassify 28 pages of sealed documents that are rumored to expose Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 9/11 attacks within the next 60 days.
According to Daily Mail, Graham said that White House officials told him that a decision about the documents will be made in the next two months. The senator told Fox News that he was “pleased that after two years this matter is about to come to a decision by the president.”
Graham has been fighting to declassify the documents for over a decade, but both the Bush and Obama administration have refused to do so, saying they pose a risk to national security. Many, including Graham, are convinced that the documents expose Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks, something our government has been trying to sweep under the rug for years.
Since Obama is heading to Saudi Arabia to meet with leaders there next week, the timing of the declassification could be significant. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for the documents to be released ahead of this summit.
“If the president is going to meet with the Saudi Arabian leadership and the royal family, they think it would be appropriate that this document be released before the president makes that trip, so that they can talk about whatever issues are in that document,” Gillibrand told CBS’ 60 Minutes. She added that though she is unsure about how the Saudi leaders will react to the release, the families of 9/11 victims deserve to know what’s in the documents.
There have been questions about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks ever since they took place. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudi, as was 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin-Laden.
“The Saudis know what they did. We know what they did,” Graham continued. “There are a lot of rocks out there that have been purposefully tamped down, that if were they turned over, would give us a more expansive view of the Saudi role.”
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