There is no reason the American people should not have full access to all the details contained in a congressional report about the 9/11 now that 15 years have passed, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra said Friday, calling for the 28 pages that have been withheld to be released.
"The American people need to know this was a report that was developed by Congress back in 2004," the Michigan Republican, a former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" show
. "If I remember correctly, Congress wanted this information declassified and wanted to make it available to the American public."
It was not released, said Hoekstra, because the Bush administration said "no, keep the information secret. They wouldn't even let us share the information with our colleagues in the House."
Hoekstra, who has seen the 28 pages, said that he could not talk about what they contain, as they are still classified, but he thinks that both the Obama and Bush administrations are "trying to protect something, you know, diplomatic relations with Saudi [Arabia], diplomatic relations maybe with Iran, that they think may be jeopardized if this information becomes public."
"This administration has obviously leaned much closer to Iran than Saudi," said Hoekstra, but now, it has become an issue because Saudi Arabia is "furious with the United States ... they believe we sold them down the river in the Iran deal, so, you know, relations are very delicate right now the Middle East."
Hoekstra will be on Newsmax TV's Newsmax Prime
to discuss the 28 pages with host, JD Hayworth, at 8:25 p.m. EST.
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