Kean says 911 report will be surprising
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9/11 panel head: Report will be surprising
Kean tells NBC that White House will vet report before release
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 9:10 p.m. ET April 04, 2004
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the commission looking into the Sept. 11 attacks told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that some of its findings has surprised him and will surprise the public as well.
Thomas H. Kean also said he expects the commission’s final report to be published before the November elections, possibly as early as July, even though the White House must clear it for intelligence problems.
The commission’s deadline for submitting its report is July 26, extended from May 27 after complaints that the White House was delaying the turnover of necessary materials.
Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, said he expects no similar foot-dragging as the White House vets the report for security lapses.
“Nobody has any interest in having the report sitting around Washington during the election period and pieces of it leaking out. Nobody has any interest in this thing coming out September or October, in the middle of the election,” Kean said.