White House: Obama Hasn't Read 9/11 '28 Pages'

Saudis deny planning to pull $750B in US investments
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2016 4:26 AM CDT
Updated May 3, 2016 5:47 AM CDT
Obama "obviously reads a lot of material on a day-to-day basis."   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – President Obama not only hasn't released the still-classified 28 pages from a congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, he hasn't read them. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who previously dodged questions on whether Obama had read the pages believed to detail Saudi links to the attacks, told the media Monday that Obama had been briefed on the content but hadn't actually read the pages. He said Obama "obviously reads a lot of material on a day-to-day basis," NBC News reports. "I'm not sure that he felt that it was necessary for him to read those 28 pages."

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, meanwhile, told reporters in Geneva that reports the kingdom is planning to sell $750 billion in US assets in response to a new law that could allow relatives of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia are "ridiculous," reports the Guardian. He added, however, that "stripping the principle of sovereign immunities" could badly damage investor confidence in the US. On Sunday, CIA Director John Brennan said that he thinks the pages should remain secret, since they contain "uncorroborated, un-vetted information" that could cause people to reach the wrong conclusions about high-level Saudi involvement. (Read more 9/11 attacks stories.)

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