Fresh on the heels of a December surge in congressional support for the declassification of 28 secret pages on foreign government links to the 9/11 hijackers, the new year has already seen seven more House members add their names to a resolution urging the president to release the pages to the public.
This week, Mick Mulvaney (R, SC-5), Hakeem Jeffries (D, NY-8), Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47), David Trott (R, MI-11), Jerry McNerney (D, CA-9), Dina Titus (D, NV-1) and Charlie Rangel (D, NY-13) joined House Resolution 14, which urges the president to release the pages to the public. Fifteen members have joined since December 9, bringing the total to 35.
Rangel was a cosponsor of the identically-worded H.Res.428 in the previous congress; there are three more H.Res.428 cosponsors who haven’t yet signed on to H.Res.14: Keith Ellison (D, MN-5), Gene Green (D, TX-29) and Louise Slaughter (D, NY-25).
The spike in support for declassifying the 28-page chapter from a 2003 joint congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11 comes against the backdrop of recent high-profile terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and heightened scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in funding extremism.
“If the 28 pages were to be made public, I have no question that the entire relationship with Saudi Arabia would change overnight,” a government official familiar with the pages told investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, as related in their book, The Eleventh Day.