At a campaign event in South Carolina on Wednesday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized former president George W. Bush for the Iraq war and referenced “very secret” papers about the Saudi government and 9/11.
“It wasn’t the Iraqis that knocked down the World Trade Center, we went after Iraq, we decimated the country. Iran’s taking over, okay. But it wasn’t the Iraqis, you will find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center, ‘cause they have papers in there that are very secret, you may find it’s the Saudis, okay? But you will find out,” said Trump.
One can assume that the “very secret” papers Trump is referencing are the 28 redacted pages of the official 9/11 report.
Most of the mainstream media that reported on Trump’s comments avoided going any further than briefly mentioning the 28 pages. Much of the focus appeared to be on Trump himself rather than the redacted pages Trump was talking about.
Currently there is pressure on the House and Senate to declassify the 28 pages, and there are resolutions urging President Obama to release these documents to the public.
In a phone conversation with Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook on Friday, former Democratic Senator Bob Graham, who headed the Congressional Joint Inquiry into the deadly 9/11 attack back in 2002, said he was “very pleased that Trump made the 28 pages a national issue.” Graham reiterated that the information in the 28 pages shows who financed the 9/11 hijackers, and it points to the Saudi government.
Truth In Media’s Joshua Cook also asked 28Pages.org‘s Brian McGlinchey on Friday to share his thoughts about Trump’s comments.
“Trump’s comments have definitely prompted a spike in interest in the topic. Unfortunately, though, the impact has been muted by the fact that he cryptically refers to “very secret papers” rather than specifically identifying the 28 pages. Clearly, most journalists had no idea what he was talking about and, judging from the social media reaction, many individuals rolled their eyes and assumed Trump was making the whole thing up,” said McGlinchey.
During a press conference in 2014, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) said regarding the 28 pages, “As I read it, and we all had our own experience, I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of try to absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history.”
Massie added that “it challenges you to re-think everything. I think the whole country needs to go through that.”
Massie also described the 28 pages as “shocking.”
So why doesn’t the U.S. want to release the 28 pages, and why does the media refuse to discuss the issue? Last year, Graham told Cook that “the U.S. government doesn’t want the public to know that the Saudis financed the 9/11 attacks because we provide the Saudis with billions in military aid.”
Money maybe one motivating factor, but Congressmen Walter Jones suggested to Cook in a 2015 interview that those pages may embarrass the Bush family.
Jones told Cook, “If I was in the shoes of President Obama, he has no reason to not declassify this information,” he said. “If any family that could be embarrassed, it’s the Bush’s, but why should he care about that?”
On Friday, Cook asked Graham if anything in the 28 pages would embarrass the Bush family. Graham responded that he couldn’t comment on that issue, but could only discuss what has been said already regarding Saudi Arabia, the hijackers, and the ongoing attempt to hide the truth from the American people.
Cook asked Graham if he thought it was bold for Trump to make these comments about Bush and the 28 pages in a conservative state like South Carolina.
Graham said it shouldn’t matter; liberal or conservative, the American people should have access to information regarding who financed the 9/11 hijackers.
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