In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said that declassifying documents from the Russia investigation was done to be transparent about the “multiple agencies that were raising red flags” and that “transparency is never political.”
“The Russian investigation had all sorts of red flags from the beginning,” Grenell said. “And when you look at the transcripts, when you look at the declassified footnotes from some of the investigations, it’s clear that there were multiple people from multiple agencies that were raising red flags.”
“However, what was really sad to me is that those red flags and those voices were pushed aside, classified, and never shown to the public. And so very few people knew the truth. And the silence from those people was really shocking,” Grenell continued. “And so what I wanted to do was be transparent. Transparency is never political. Transparency is what the American people demand. And it’s what Washington, D.C., is very uncomfortable with.”
Grenell later added, “When you read these footnotes, you clearly see that the intelligence community, not just the FBI, but multiple agencies, knew that the charges were flimsy or that the Russians from the very beginning were wreaking havoc on the process by pushing propaganda into the Steele dossier.
“People knew this, Maria.” Grenell continued. “There were red flags from the very beginning. And those voices within the intelligence community were pushed aside or classified, or both, and most people never saw the warning signs. And that’s exactly the problem, I think, that we have to drop back and solve.”