WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of investigative journalist John Solomon against the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for illegally concealing declassified Presidential records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation – i.e., the sham Russian-collusion witch-hunt against former President Trump.
The Presidential Records Act obligates the National Archives to ensure that “the Presidential records of a former President shall be available” to the former President or his designated representative. In June 2022, former President Trump named Mr. Solomon as a designated representative so he could obtain the declassified records.
Mr. Solomon then requested that the National Archives provide him access to a binder of documents related to the FBI’s abusive “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation of President Trump. President Trump declassified these documents in early 2021. The National Archives, however, has unlawfully denied Mr. Solomon access to these documents on the pretext that they were turned over to the DOJ.
America First Legal proudly represents John Solomon in this case. This is another example of the Biden Administration and its allies in the government abusing their power to hide the truth from the American people. AFL is determined to do everything it can to ensure the documents are rightfully handed over to Mr. Solomon and that the American people learn the whole truth about the scandalous and partisan witch-hunt of President Trump.
Statement from Reed D. Rubinstein, America First Legal Senior Counsel and Director of Oversight and Investigations:
“The evidence is that the Russia collusion hoax was knowingly and intentionally perpetrated by high-ranking FBI and Department of Justice officials to help Hillary Clinton win the 2016 presidential election. This unprecedented abuse of power and election interference is a scandal so monumental that it dissolves Watergate into insignificance. Former President Trump declassified the FBI’s records to make public the truth, but the Biden Administration and the National Archives are now doing everything in their power to keep the Russia lie alive by obstructing Mr. Solomon’s access to these records. This obstruction cannot stand – the American people deserve the truth.” said Reed Rubinstein.
Statement from John Solomon, CEO and Editor in Chief of Just the News:
“President Trump declassified these records so the American public could see for itself the abuses and failures of the FBI during the Russia collusion case. But at every step of the process, the public has been thwarted. These declassified records are clear records of the Trump presidency, have clear historical value, and have been wrongly kept from the Archives and its employer, the American people, by the DOJ for more than two years. I’m grateful for America First Legal’s representation so we can win the return of these records to the Archives so they may be reviewed, consumed, and acted upon by the American people.” said John Solomon.
Read the complaint here.
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