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Report: Trump to declassify ‘Russiagate’ campaign spying documents

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
January 15, 2021

President Trump has authorized the declassification of documents concerning “Russiagate,” the coordinated and years-long spying operation against then-presidential candidate and ultimately President Donald Trump and his administration, according to award-winning investigative journalist John Solomon.  

“More than a foot-high stack of documents he has authorized released by the FBI and the Justice Department,” Solomon told Lou Dobbs during an interview on Fox News. “These are the things that the FBI has tried to keep from the public for four years. They have amazing, big picture revelations.”

Ready to be released by Monday, the declassified documents will “blow out of the water” any theories linked to the Steele dossier and Russian collusion, Solomon told Fox News, other than “the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign as early as August ’16, the words “Trump campaign” were all over the FBI documents.”

“The continuity and the connectivity between the Russia collusion false story that has been planted in America for three years and the subsequent impeachment of the president in the beginning of 2020, enormous connectivity,” Solomon continued.

One of the revelations in the documents involves Christopher Steele, who compiled an anti-Trump dossier accusing the president of treasonous conduct.

According to Solomon, after he was fired for leaking the dossier’s information to the press, Steele told the FBI he did it “because I needed to help Hillary Clinton cover up her email problem, so I leaked to turn the attention to Donald Trump.”

“The ‘Russian collusion’ narrative was invented to protect Hillary Clinton from ongoing revelations about her email scandal. It was a political dirty trick,” Solomon told Fox News. “And that was Christopher Steele’s own words.”

On Friday, Solomon posted about the declassified files on social media, saying that documents “exposing Steele’s motivations, ties to impeachment witness” would be revealed.

Solomon also asserted that Stefan Halper, another FBI informant who surveilled Trump-allies Carter Page and George Papadopoulos, was told to spy on the Trump campaign.

“In fact, he was given a cover: try to pretend that you might want to get involved and get hired by the Trump campaign, and then start talking to people and pump them for information. In anyone’s book, that is spying,” Solomon said. “Remember James Comey said it wasn’t spying. The Democrats [said] it wasn’t spying.”

The New York Post reported that in mid-2016, the FBI received notice that Russian intelligence believed Hillary Clinton’s campaign was creating a story linked to Russia’s Vladimir Putin in an effort to frame Donald Trump.