Obama to determine on declassifying nine/11 documents within sixty days

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:46 PM

Former FL Sen. Bob Graham told Fox News late Tuesday that the White House had informed him that a decision on whether to declassify the documents would be made in one to two months.

Obama to determine on declassifying nine/11 documents within sixty days

President Obama will determine whether to declassify twenty-eight pages of sealed documents — which some suspect indicate a Saudi connection to the nine/eleven attacks — within sixty days, according to a former senator who co-chaired the two thousand two joint congressional inquiry into the attacks.

Former FL Sen. Bob Graham told Fox News late Tuesday that the White House had informed him that a decision on whether to declassify the documents would be made in one to two months.

Graham, who's pressed for the documents to be made public, told Fox he was "pleased that after two years this matter is about to arrive to a decision by the president."

Both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations have refused to unseal the documents, claiming it'd jeopardize national security. Critics claim the reluctance is a calculated move to cover Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks that killed nearly 3.000 people.

Obama had arrive below renewed pressure to release the documents ahead of a planned presidential ride to Saudi Arabia for a summit of Gulf leaders following week.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N. Y. told CBS’ “60 Minutes” she believes the documents, which she's seen, should be made available to the family members of nine/eleven victims.

“I don’t know how the Saudi government will react to it, but I think it’s just information,” Gillibrand said Sunday.

Gillibrand is among a growing, bipartisan grouping of lawmakers advocating for the release of the documents.

"If the president is going to meet with the Saudi Arabian leadership and the royal family, they think it'd be appropriate that this document be released before the president makes that trip, so that they can speak about whatever issues are in that document," Gillibrand said.

Asked about the renewed information requests on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he doesn’t know whether Obama has read the twenty-eight pages but they're the subject of an intelligence community “classification review.”

Earnest said Obama has “confidence” in their skill to “consider those documents for release.” Asked about any potential Saudi ties to nine/eleven, Earnest cited the nine/eleven Commission'south findings that there was number proof the Saudi government or senior Saudi executive funded Al Qaeda.

But House Minority Boss Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she, too, wants the pages declassified.

"As the former Ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and top the House Democrat on the Joint Congressional investigation looking into the nine/eleven attacks, I consent with former Senator Bob Graham that these documents should be declassified and made public, and that the Bush Administration'south refusal to do so was a mistake," Pelosi said in a written statement. "I have always advocated for providing as much transparency as possible to the American people consistent with protecting our national security."

Latest year, convicted Al Qaeda member Zacarias Moussaoui implicated high-level Saudi royals in the nine/eleven attacks. fueling the ongoing congressional effort to declassify the official report.

Some Saudi connections to the attacks are already well-known, including that fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudi Arabian citizens -- and that mastermind Usama bin Laden was the son of a wealthy Saudi Arabian contractor with near ties to the Saudi royal family.

“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,” Graham told "60 Minutes."

"The Saudis know what they did. We know what they did," Graham said.

Fox News earlier reported on the Saudi connection to the nine/eleven hijackers and the mysterious twenty-eight pages in a two thousand eleven documentary called “Secrets of nine/eleven.”

Graham has said in the past the twenty-eight classified pages lay out a network of people he believes helped the hijackers get housing in the U. S. and enroll in flight school.

“You believe that support came from Saudi Arabia?” CBS reporter Steve Croft asked.

"Substantially," Graham responded.

"And when we say, 'the Saudis,' you imply the government, the -- wealthy people in the country? Charities?" Kroft pressed.

"All of the above," Graham confirmed.

Nineteen militants associated with Al Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out attacks in New York, Washington, D. C. and PA on ninth/11. Two of the planes were flown into the World Trade Middle in NY City. Another plane hit the Pentagon while a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The United States went after the masterminds behind the attack and, in May two thousand eleven, killed the terror group’s boss Usama bin Laden.

Fox News' Lesa Jansen contributed to this report.

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