Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani suggested today that Saudi Arabia was somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks. He also revealed that he was offered a $10 million check from a Saudi prince but tore it up in the presence of the Arabian dignitary, who Giuliani said could “burn it in hell.”
Giuliani was the mayor of New York City when hijackers, most of whom were Saudi nationals, flew jetliners into the World Trade Center, killing thousands. On Fox & Friends today, he passionately called on President Barack Obama to release all 28 secret pages of an independent report on the atrocity that have remained classified and are believed to indicate Saudi involvement. Obama met King Salman of Saudi Arabia today but reportedly did not bring up any alleged Saudi connections to 9/11.
“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,” Giuliani said on Fox and Friends. “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.”
Giuliani laid out the case for releasing the information from the report, which member of Congress have already seen. “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.”
Former Congressman Tim Roemer (D), who sat on the 9/11 Commission, has urged Obama to declassify the entirety of the report on the attack. Roemer said Obama has a duty to release the information to the public, who he said deserve to know the truth. Even so, Roemer also said that the Commission “did not discover” any role played by “senior, high-level” Saudi government officials.
Yesterday, a flight certificate for Al-Qaeda bomb maker Ghassan Al-Sharbi was found stashed in an envelope from the Saudi embassy in Washington during his arrest 2002. Al-Sharbi is believed to have learned how to fly with the 9/11 hijackers but did not take part in the attacks. Just before his arrest, Al-Sharbi buried a bunch of document, which may have included the flight certificate.
The certificate, say 9/11 activists, begs the question: to what extent were 9/11 plotters assisted by Saudi government officials?
Obama and Ryan
Obama met with King Salman in the midst of tensions between their two countries. Obama opposes Congressional legislation that would remove Saudi Arabia’s immunity from lawsuits to be lifted if any Saudi officials are found to have been involved in the 9/11 attacks, arguing that it lead to cases directed against the United States in foreign courts. 9/11 victims’ families have called on Congress for the right to sue the Oil Kingdom, as well as demanding the declassification of the report in question.
Previous court decisions ruled that there is not enough evidence of culpability on Saudi Arabia’s part.
Victims’ families have accused him of siding with Saudi Arabia after Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir threatened that his country would sell up to $750 billion in U.S. treasury securities and other assets before the bill puts them in jeopardy. The Obama administration has tried to put the kibosh on the bill. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said earlier this week that Obama would veto the bill. For his part, Paul Ryan (R) has refused to support the bill. He said last week that Congress should review the legislation carefully “to make sure that we're not making mistakes with our allies.”
Appearing to tip-toe around the issue, Ryan said on April 19 "The White House is opposed to it. It's received some opposition here. We're going to let these things work the process." The White House this week that the bill could expose Americans overseas to legal risk and could damage the U.S. relationship with the Saudi government. "If we open up the possibility that individuals in the United States can routinely start suing other governments, then we are also opening up the United States to being continually sued by individuals in other countries," Obama said in an interview with CBS News.
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