Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham claims that the Saudi Arabian government paid to help fund the 9/11 attacks, and that the FBI knowingly covered that information up.

Graham co-wrote a congressional report on the attacks. He says that 28 classified pages could help prove his allegations.


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A top F.B.I. official unexpectedly arranges a meeting at Dulles International Airport outside Washington with Mr. Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, after he has pressed for information on a bureau terrorism inquiry. Mr. Graham, a Democrat, is then hustled off to a clandestine location, where he hopes for a breakthrough in his long pursuit of ties between leading Saudis and the Sept. 11 hijackers.

This real-life encounter happened in 2011, Mr. Graham said, and it took a startling twist.

“He basically said, ‘Get a life,’ ” Mr. Graham said of the F.B.I. official, who suggested that the former senator was chasing a dead-end investigation.

Mr. Graham, 78, a two-term governor of Florida and three-term senator who left Capitol Hill in 2005, says he will not relent in his efforts to force the government to make public a secret section of a congressional review he helped write — one that, by many accounts, implicates Saudi citizens in helping the hijackers.

“No. 1, I think the American people deserve to know the truth of what has happened in their name,” said Mr. Graham, who was a co-chairman of the 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the terrorist attacks. “No. 2 is justice for these family members who have suffered such loss and thus far have been frustrated largely by the U.S. government in their efforts to get some compensation.”

Judge Andrew Napolitano noted that two federal judges are reviewing this. He explained that a New York judge is listening to motions brought by family members of 9/11 victims against the Saudi government. Meanwhile, he said a judge in Florida is reviewing 80,000 pages of FBI documents involving a Sarasota Saudi Arabian family.

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