9/11 Lawyers Accuse Saudis of ‘Whitewashing’ History

THE HILL — Lawyers representing more than 2,000 family members of 9/11 victims accused Saudi Arabia of papering over the kingdom’s support for extremism on Friday, as Riyadh extends its outreach to Capitol Hill.

The Saudi kingdom is providing “more whitewash than white paper,” lawyers for the family members said in a statement, following a Politico report about a 104-page memo detailing Saudi Arabia’s fight against terrorism that is circulating around Congress.

“It is, instead, a transparent attempt to distract from the real issue — culpability for the 9/11 attack and murders — and to mislead the American people and their Congress,” said the lawyers, Sean Carter and Jack Quinn.

Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a lobbying blitz in Washington, amid renewed focus on a pair of fronts potentially tying the kingdom to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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