The filing from the Justice Department comes less than a week after more than 1,700 people affected by the September 11 attacks released a letter calling on President Joe Biden to refrain from going to Ground Zero in New York City to mark the anniversary of the event unless he releases additional documents and information the government has previously blocked.
As a DOJ spokesperson said Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has decided to review its prior privilege assertions to identify cherry-picked information for disclosure.
In this regard, Biden released a statement praising the DOJ decision, saying it follows through on a campaign promise of his to have the department work to release 9/11 records.
But Brett Eagleson, whose father, Bruce, was killed inside the World Trade Center (WTC), lashed out at DOJ´s filing, saying it does not go far enough toward full transparency, something they could have done years ago.
The Saudi government has long denied any connection to the attacks. U.S. officials have investigated ties between Saudi nationals and some of the airplane hijackers but have not established that the Saudi government was directly involved.
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