NEW YORK – In an apparent move to preserve the reputation of former President George W. Bush regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the decision to go to war against Iraq, the Republican platform committee on Tuesday voted down a plank introduced by Maine State Sen. Eric Brakey to call for the declassification of 28 pages that are believed to link the government of Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 hijackers.

The issue has been pushed by GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I think I know what it’s going to say,” Trump said of the classified pages on Fox News April 19. “It’s going to be very profound, having to do with Saudi Arabia and Saudi Arabia’s role on the World Trade Center and the attack.

“That’s very serious stuff,” Trump continued. “It’s sort of nice to know who your friends are and perhaps who your enemies are. You’re going to see some very revealing things in those papers.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a WND request for comment.

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In drafting the platform plank, Brakey noted President Obama twice promised 9/11 family members he would release the pages, which could be invaluable in any lawsuit. However, the administration has refused to declassify the pages, even in the face of bipartisan support for their release that includes former 9/11 commission members and 73 current representatives and senators.

“The public has a right to know,” Brakey said after the platform committee adjourned. “It saddens me that, here we are, 15 years later and it sounds like there’s key pieces of information to our understanding of what happened on that day, and the government has been keeping that information from us.”

As noted by Brian McGlinchey, who oversees a website devoted to the issue, the 28 pages are an entire section within the official report of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, not the official 9/11 Commission Report).

Conducted by the House and Senate intelligence committees, the 838-page report was published in December 2002. The redacted section, titled “Part 4: Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters,” begins on Page 395 of the report.

On Jan. 11, 2015, at a Capitol Hill press conference held to support the reintroduction of a House resolution urging President Obama to declassify the 28 pages, former Democrat Sen. Bob Graham from Florida said the pages point a finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier of the 9/11 hijackers.

“A core question in 9/11 is, did these 19 people act alone, or did they have a network of support that facilitated their ability to carry out a very complex plot?” Graham said.

“No one who has looked closely at the facts, including the individuals that I just named, has come to a conclusion other than that it is highly improbable that the 19 people could have acted alone,” he continued.

“Yet, the official position of the United States government has been that they did act alone, and that there is no necessity for further inquiry into the question of whether there was a support network.”

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