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John Solomon: Capitol Riot Was A "Planned Attack," Can't Blame Trump; What Did Pelosi and McConnell Know?

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Investigative journalist John Solomon said the D.C. Metropolitan police has denied his news company's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the department's investigation into the Capitol Hill riot. In an interview with "Real America's Voice" host Eric Greitens on Wednesday, Solomon said police are keeping interviews with key capitol security officials secret because there is something "embarrassing."

The reporter said he would like to know what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and the authorities knew about the attack beforehand. Solomon said he has "significant evidence" that the Capitol Police, FBI, and Congress had prior warning of a planned attack and it was not a spontaneous riot emanating from President Donald Trump's speech that day.

"The question I have is what did Nancy Pelosi, what did Mitch McConnell know about these threats beforehand?" he asked. "If they didn't know, it's an intelligence failure of the police. If they did know, there's something they didn't tell us before we went into this impeachment round today."


"What Nancy Pelosi knew and when did she know it is an important question," Solomon said. "It should have been answered before impeachment. What did Mitch McConnell knew? There's a Senate Sergeants of Arms. Same thing. Same relationship. The Capitol Police Chief reports to those two security officials, the Sergeants of Arms and up to the Speaker and the leaders of the House. We do not know what they know. And I think a week into this that is a gap into our knowledge that we should try to close."

"A few minutes after the impeachment went over, CNN matched our story this morning and said there is evidence of significant pre-planning," he said. "That would have been nice for the American people to know before their lawmakers voted on this impeachment proceeding."

JOHN SOLOMON, JUST THE NEWS: There is significant evidence beginning to emerge of three things. One, that the Capitol Police, the NYPD, the FBI all had prior warning there was going to be an attack on the Capitol...

How did the leaders of Congress react to this intel? Did it get to them? Did Nancy Pelosi know? Secondly, if this was a planned attack, you can't be a president of the United States being accused of inciting a spontaneous attack when it was planned days before. From an impeachment perspective and a factual security perspective, we're learning things and we shouldn't be in the posture of making final assignments of blame until we know what the facts are.

ERIC GREITENS, HOST: What are we learning? What's the latest right now that we know from the interviews that we're doing with investigators and with police?

JOHN SOLOMON, JUST THE NEWS: I've been told that some of the key security on the Capitol -- the Sergeants of Arms of the House and Senate and the Capitol Police Chief, all three who have resigned -- have had some contact, some sort of interviews with the Metropolitan Police Department which is the lead investigative agent now.

We FOIA'd those reports this morning and we got... a response almost instantly from the police department saying we're not releasing the information and here's why. It's going to be personally embarrassing, privacy-invading to release the information. It doesn't make sense. These were public officials. Their job was security. What they told police should be a matter of public record.

We're going to fight for those documents. But something tells me what's in those documents has some very, very big relevance to what happened on The Hill.

The question I have is what did Nancy Pelosi, what did Mitch McConnell know about these threats beforehand? If they didn't know, it's an intelligence failure of the police. If they did know, there's something they didn't tell us before we went into this impeachment round today.
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