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The FBI released the first document of several anticipated reports, which has detailed its investigation into the September 11 attacks. The release came late Saturday in time to mark 20 years since the terrorist attacks.
The heavily redacted 16-page report, which was dated back to April 2016, has featured an interview with a U.S. citizenship applicant long suspected of providing support to two of the hijackers. The applicant was employed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Southern California and was in contact with Saudi nationals who have been suspected of aiding the hijackers.
However, the report failed to include conclusive evidence the Saudi government had a part in the attacks. The Saudi government has maintained their denial of involvement as its embassy in Washington D.C. publicly supported the release of these documents.
This comes after Joe Biden signed an executive order earlier this month, which directed the Justice Department to make some documents available to the public. Families of victims of the terrorist attacks have made strong demands for Biden to declassify the documents.