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John Solomon: Haspel Blocking Declassification Of Russiagate Documents To Protect CIA's Reputation

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Investigative reporter John Solomon said in an interview Thursday night with FOX Business host Lou Dobbs that CIA Director Gina Haspel is blocking the release of requested classified documents to protect the agency's reputation like Christopher Wray is doing for the FBI.

"Let's start with the reports that Gina Haspel, the director of the CIA, is personally blocking, blocking the declassification of a number of important documents and refusing to permit their release. Your thoughts?" Dobbs asked.

"It's a continuation of the slow walk that she and [FBI] Director Wray and other deep state bureaucrats in the State Department have done over the last two years," Solomon said. "They have tried to stop this Russia case from unraveling, the Ukraine case from unraveling, the carefully-crafted false story they gave the American people. But it's a very simple fix."


"I think what's really going on here is protecting the CIA's reputation just like Chris Wray's been protecting the FBI's reputation," he said. "The American people deserve accountability. This is one of the greatest scandals in American history."

SOLOMON: The president of the United States has the ability tomorrow to tell Gina Haspel, 'I've heard you, I've overruled you. I'm ordering the release of these documents.' It's in President Trump's hands. He's the ultimate declassifying authority, and hearing that she's objecting doesn't mean anything. If the president wants to overrule her, he can get this done in the stroke of a pen, and we can get these documents out.

DOBBS: Is it your judgment that the DNI can overrule her and move himself to declassify these documents?

SOLOMON: It is under the law theoretically Gina Haspel reports up to the ODNI. I think when a CIA Director herself is involved in raising it personally as these reports indicate and what I've heard personally it's probably getting to get escalated to the president for a final decision. But, yes, John Ratcliffe could do it too, but the president could short-circuit this. If he wants these documents out, he could sign a document tomorrow ordering their release, and they'll be declassified.

DOBBS: Do you believe that Gina Haspel will follow orders? Do you believe the CIA, which has played a central role in Obamagate for over four years, will follow orders? Where are we right now as a nation? This is fundamental to the, to this entire election. Is this government under the control of the man we elected president, or is it the deep state, is it the Obama White House and the shadows it's cast over our government and our politics and this president for the past almost five years?

SOLOMON: Listen, there's, there are people, political plants in all of these agencies, there have been for a long time. We've dealt with this. I suspect that the CIA's concern in some part deals with sources and methods. That's a legitimate thing, you don't want to give that up. But there's a way to declassify these documents and protect sources and methods.

I think what's really going on here is protecting the CIA's reputation just like Chris Wray's been protecting the FBI's reputation. The American people deserve accountability. This is one of the greatest scandals in American history.
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