Updated to reflect two more cosponsors added after story first published
In the wake of major headlines about the censored 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers and claims by “20th hijacker” Zacarias Moussaoui of Saudi Arabia’s direct support of al Qaeda, the House resolution urging the president to declassify the 28 pages gained seven cosponsors in just three days this week.
With this week’s haul, House Resolution 14 now has 13 cosponsors. Peter Welch, a Democrat and Vermont’s sole representative in the House, is joining the 28 pages movement for the first time along with Bill Posey (R, FL-8). The other five had been cosponsors of the identically-worded resolution in the previous Congress. They are Mark Sanford (R, SC-1), Collin Peterson (D, MN-7), Lloyd Doggett (D, TX-35), John “Jimmy” Duncan (D, TN-2) and Ted Yoho (R, FL-3)
Last week, Mike Capuano (D, MA-1) also became a 28 pages cosponsor for the first time, telling The Boston Globe that “so many questions have been raised over the years about the contents of the 28 pages and what they reveal about the September 11th terrorist attacks. I think the public has a right to that information and in the interest of transparency, they should be declassified.”
Meanwhile, Congressman Walter Jones—who introduced H.Res.14—told The Hill’s Molly Hooper that Michael Burgess (R, TX-26) recently secured permission from the House intelligence committee to read the 28 pages and will do so when Congress returns from its break.
Jones summed up the overall strategy: “What we are trying to do is put the pressure on the White House by building the number of cosponsors in the House.” He also said he’s still working to identify a champion in the upper chamber to join him in the campaign to release the 28 pages. “I have reached out to several senators. I am hoping to talk to Senator Rand Paul today to put in the same resolution in the Senate,” said Jones.