Trump: FBI must reveal what it knows about Saudi government getting its citizens out of US to avoid prosecution

Thursday, December 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

DEC 26, 2019

Much needed and long overdue. May this be the beginning of successful efforts to make public all the Saudi involvement in jihad terror activity and interference with counterterror efforts.

“With stroke of Trump’s pen, the FBI has 30 days to declassify Saudi fugitive intel,” by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian/OregonLive, December 20, 2019

“President Donald Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that forces U.S. intelligence officials to disclose what they know about the Saudi government’s suspected role in whisking its citizens out of the United States to escape criminal prosecution.

The legislation, introduced by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, was part of a $1.4 trillion spending deal passed by Congress this week to avert a government shutdown.

It requires the director of the FBI — in coordination with the nation’s intelligence director — to declassify all information in its possession related to how Saudi Arabia may have helped accused lawbreakers leave the U.S.

The agency has 30 days to do so, according to newly enacted measure.

President Donald Trump on Friday, Dec. 20, signed the Saudi Fugitives Declassification Act, which was part of a $1.4 trillion spending deal reached by Congress.

“It is long past time to stop treating Saudi Arabia as if it were above the law,” Wyden, a Democrat, said in a statement. “My bill will finally force the federal government to cough up any information it may have about how the Saudi government may have assisted its citizens from fleeing beyond the reach of the U.S. justice system.”

The action in Washington comes nearly a year after an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found multiple cases where Saudi students studying throughout the U.S. vanished while facing sex crime and other felony charges….

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