Paul ties release of 9/11 docs to defense bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBuckingham Palace requests 'Trump Train' remove image of queen from bus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Overnight Health Care: Biden announces 1M have enrolled in special ObamaCare sign-up period | Rand Paul clashes with Fauci over coronavirus origins | Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE wants to use a defense policy bill to force the Senate to wade into a larger fight over declassifying 28 pages from a 2002 review of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The Kentucky Republican has filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to force the public release of the 28 secret pages, which could shed light on connections between the Saudi government and al Qaeda. 
 
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Paul's amendment comes weeks after the Senate unanimously approved legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue countries that supported perpetrators of the terrorist attacks. 
 
While the White House is threatening to veto the bill, senators largely brushed aside any concern that the legislation could antagonize the U.S.-Saudi relationship. 
 
“Look, if the Saudis did not participate in this terrorism, they have nothing to fear about going to court,” Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure Republicans welcome the chance to work with Democrats on a bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney sideshow distracts from important battle over Democrats' partisan voting bill MORE (D-N.Y.), expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader, said earlier this month. “If they did, they should be held accountable.”
 
The pages were left out of the 2002 review, allegedly because they showed that senior officials within Saudi Arabia were complicit in the attacks. 
 
Obama is under increasing pressure to declassify the 28 pages. A decision is expected in June.
  
Paul's amendment would require that the pages be released within 60 days of the NDAA being signed into law, something that isn't expected until this fall.
 
His amendment would allow Obama to keep secret any names or "identifying information" if the release would create "imminent lawless action or compromise presently ongoing national security operations."