(PresidentialInsider.com)- According to CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge, never-before-seen videos from an alleged Saudi government operative seized by British authorities over two decades ago have finally been obtained by the families of 9/11 victims suing Saudi Arabia.
Videos from 2000 were buried among a trove of records obtained through the British courts by families of some victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack. These records and videos were seized by British police from a home in Birmingham, England less than two weeks after 9/11.
One video shows a party at the San Diego apartment of the first two hijackers to arrive in the US, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar. The party was hosted by Saudi national Omar al-Bayoumi, who was arrested by UK authorities less than two weeks after the 9/11 attack.
Three years after the attack, the 9/11 Commission concluded that it had no “credible evidence” that Bayoumi “knowingly aided extremist groups.” But a newly declassified 2017 FBI memo noted that Bayoumi was involved with Saudi Intelligence and worked directly for then-Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan.
In another video found in the records, Bayoumi is seen greeting Anwar al-Awlaki, embracing the American Muslim cleric who also supported the San Diego-based hijackers in the months leading up to the 9/11 attack. Awlaki was later killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011.
Omar al-Bayoumi is believed to be living in Saudi Arabia.
Herridge asked the FBI if it would consider reopening its investigation into Bayoumi and why the 9/11 plaintiffs suing Saudi Arabia had to go through the UK courts to obtain the videos and records seized more than twenty years ago.
The FBI declined to comment.
Watch the CBS News report HERE.