5,944. 6/17/2004

On June 17, 2004, when asked by a reporter from Talk Radio News Service how the 9/11 Commission felt since President Bush had disputed the finding that there was no collaborative relationship between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, Joint Chairman Thomas Kean replied: ” ‘Well, what we’re going on is the evidence we have found. What we have found is that, were there contacts between al Qaeda and Iraq? Yes. Some of it is shadowy, but there’s no question they were there. That is correct. What our staff statement found is there is no credible evidence that we can discover, after a long investigation, that Iraq and Saddam Hussein in any way were part of the attack on the United States.’ ”

 – Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, Without Precedent, Page 249

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