Democrats to stall release of secret 9/11 report pages

June has come and gone, and there is still no sign of the secret 28 pages missing from a 2002 joint congressional report into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Advocates of releasing the long-sought pages had hoped that they would finally see the documents, basing their optimism on indications from high-ranking Obama administration officials that their review before the declassification would be finished by the end of the month.

Now lawmakers are worried the effort to win disclosure of the pages has again stalled. To keep the pressure on, they are scheduled on Wednesday to join some relatives of those killed in the attacks to push the House Intelligence Committee to release the report on its own. They will gather for an early afternoon event outside the Capitol.

Those pushing for release had been hopeful for the first time in years that the administration would finally declassify the documents that are said to show high-level Saudi support for the hijackers.

President Obama had earlier promised that he would make public the pages from a congressional inquiry, and the end of his tenure is fast approaching. But administration officials have suggested that they will leave it up to Congress to make the pages public, a step that could again delay the release as the 15th anniversary of the attacks approaches.

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