Former NY Mayor Giuliani Urges President Obama To Declassify Report Linking Saudi Arabia To 9/11 Attacks

Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York when the city was shocked by two hijacked planes that flew into the World Trade Center towers. While speaking on Fox & Friends this morning, he made an impassioned plea urging President Obama to release 28 pages of a report on the attacks that show Saudi involvement in the horrific event.

Giuliani revealed more secrets by saying, "I was given a check by a Saudi Arabian prince for $10 million and he had the temerity to put out a press release blaming America and Israel for the attack on September 11th. I can't tell you what I said when I decided to tear up the check and give it back to him because I can't repeat it on television. His money he can keep and go burn it in hell. I don't only need to know but the American people need to know exactly what was the role of the Saudi Arabian government in the attacks. We are entitled to know who killed our loved ones and who almost killed all of us."

The secret papers are believed to point to Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. Yet, President Obama sat down with Saudi King Salman and other high-ranking officials for hours of talks today, and he did not bring up the 9/11 report.

Tim Roemer, a former Democrat congressman and ambassador to India who sat on the 9/11 Commission which wrote the redacted report, said the pages should not be kept secret. He argued that Obama had a duty to release the information to the public, who deserve to know the truth. Roemer did add that the panel's findings "did not discover" any role by "senior, high-level" Saudi government officials.

Obama has said he opposes a bill calling for Riyadh's immunity from lawsuits to be lifted if Saudi officials are found to have been involved in the 9/11 attacks. Obama says it could lead to cases directed against the United States in foreign courts. Yet, victim's families have been pushing Congress for the right to sue Saudi Arabia over the death of their loved ones and requesting a declassification of the report. Many 9/11 families have accused Obama of siding with the Kingdom.

In addition, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir threatened to sell up to $750 billion in U.S. treasury securities and other assets if the bill were passed. House Speaker, Paul Ryan, has also refused to back the legislation. Ryan said lawmakers need to review the bill "to make sure that we're not making mistakes with our allies." It was revealed yesterday that the flight certificate of Al-Qaeda bomb maker Ghassan Al-Sharbi was found stashed in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington when they arrested him in 2002. It is believed that Al-Sharbi learned how to fly with the 9/11 hijackers but did not take part in the attacks.

Activist Brian McGlinchey asked, "The envelope points to the fundamental question hanging over us today: to what extent was the 9/11 plot facilitated by individuals at the highest levels of the Saudi government?"

When President Obama arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday morning, he was not met by the king. He was met by Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh instead. Mustafa Alani, a security analyst at the Gulf Research Center, said the decision to send a lower-ranking official to greet the president was meant to send a message that they don't trust him.

Alani explained, "He will find a leadership that's not ready to believe him. The Saudis had disagreements with previous presidents. Here you have a deep distrust that the president won't deliver anything." The country had denied having any role in the 9/11 attacks. Fifteen of the nineteen men who hijacked four planes and flew them into targets in New York and Washington in 2001 were Saudi citizens.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told Fox & Friends, "I think I know what it's going to say. It's going to be very, very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia's role on the World Trade Center, and the attack."

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