According to the Wall Street Journal, September 6 marks the deadline for the Trump Administration’s decision on whether to release documents concerning allegations of official Saudi involvement in the 9/11 attacks. Victims’ families have been lobbying the President and Justice Department to release the information as part of a lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, claiming the government played a role in coordinating the terrorist attacks
President Trump has notoriously been friendly with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, yet tensions are rising and releasing these documents may further strain the relationship. The public has had access to conflicting evidence on Saudi involvement in the 2001 attacks.
Families of 9/11 survivors and victims hand delivered a letter to the President, appealing to Trump to not “betray” them like President Obama did. The letter urges Trump to “instruct Attorney General Barr not to invoke privileges and to give us the FBI documents so that we can finally learn the full truth and obtain justice from Saudi Arabia.”
The New York federal lawsuit accuses Saudi Arabia of being complicit in the attacks due to the link between individuals who aided the attackers and the Saudi government.