NEW: A federal judge REJECTED a request by Saudi Arabia to strike intimidation allegations by witnesses for the 9/11 families.
The Kingdom also cannot ID the witnesses making the claims.
Background from 3/4 via @CourthouseNews: https://www.courthousenews.com/9-11-families-detail-meeting-with-slain-reporter-khashoggi/ …
The 9/11 families recently revealed that their investigator, a former FBI agent, met with journalist Jamal Khashoggi a little less than a year before his murder in a Saudi consulate.
That detail came up in docs alleging witness intimidation. https://www.courthousenews.com/9-11-families-detail-meeting-with-slain-reporter-khashoggi/ …
At a hearing earlier this month, Saudi Arabia asked USDJ Sarah Netburn to strike the allegations from the record--or ID the witnesses making them.
Netburn ordered the families to provide more info privately before deciding.
They did. She ruled in their favor.
Netburn now ordered the counsel for the 9/11 families to provide information on any of their efforts to report the alleged witness intimidation to the Department of Justice.
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