US lawmakers are scheduled to meet next month with Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper to discuss the declassification of 28 pages of the joint congressional report on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Congressman Walter Jones told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Besides Jones the meeting with Clapper will attend former US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Bob Graham and possibly Congressman Stephen Lynch.
“On the 17th of May, we will be meeting with DNI Clapper to have a discussion with the hopes that he will agree to encourage the President [to declassify the 28 pages],” Jones said.
After the September 11 attacks, a joint congressional committee issued an investigative report published in 2002, with the exception of a 28-page chapter reportedly dealing with foreign financing of the terrorist attacks.
Former Senator Graham, one of the authors of the report, has indicated that the chapter may implicate Saudi Arabia in financing some of the September 11 hijackers.
“I’m not sure there would be anything in the 28 pages that I read that would be of national security consequences at all. The Saudis have for many years been very supportive of the jihadist types in the Middle East,” Jones noted.
He argued that the families of the terrorist attacks’ victims and every US citizen has “have a right to the truth,” and should be able to read the classified section of the report.
Earlier in April, DNI Clapper indicated that the White House was reviewing the pages and considering declassifying at least part of the chapter by June.
Jones is the lead sponsor of legislation calling on President Barack Obama to declassify the report on the 2001 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans. The legislation was also picked up by the Senate and is supported by Senator and former Republican presidential Candidate Rand Paul.