A dozen Saudi military personnel training at Naval Air Station Pensacola were sent home after a federal investigation found they were in possession of "derogatory" material.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr gave a briefing on the findings of a month-long investigation into the motivation of Saudi air force second lieutenant who killed three military service members in a Dec. 6 terrorist attack.
In addition to confirming the shooter acted alone and was motivated by jihadi ideology, Barr said the investigation uncovered 21 Saudis possessed child pornography or participated in anti-American rhetoric. All of the offending individuals were unenrolled from U.S. training and sent home to Saudi Arabia.
On Wednesday, the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz confirmed that 12 of those individuals had been training at NAS Pensacola.
A spokesperson for the Department of Defense said it was not releasing any information about the unenrolled trainees at this time.
Discussing the "derogatory" material Monday, Barr said that "17 had social media containing some jihadi or anti-American content. However, there was no evidence of any affiliation or involvement with any terrorist activity or group." He added that "15 individuals — including some of the 17 just mentioned — had had some kind of contact with child pornography."
The federal government declined to file criminal charges, finding that none of the cases would have warranted federal prosecution under the normal course of operations.
"However, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia determined that this material demonstrated conduct unbecoming an officer in the Saudi Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and the 21 cadets have been dis-enrolled from their training curriculum in the U.S. military," Barr said.
About four days after the NAS Pensacola shooting, the Navy grounded approximately 140 Saudi Arabian students training at NAS Pensacola and 35 at NAS Whiting Field.
At this point, there has been no official word on if or when the remaining Saudi will be permitted to resume training.