Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has called for the U.S. intelligence reports on president Donald Trump’s ties to the Russian regime and the Kremlin interference in the 2016 election to be declassified because “the American people need to know the truth.”
The call comes amid growing reports of contact between Donald Trump’s team and Russian officials.
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Wolfowitz has called for the declassification of intelligence service reports on Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
“The American people need to know the truth about Russian interference in last year’s elections completely and quickly,” Wolfowitz said in an interview with SPIEGEL. “The reports that have been the basis for various anonymous leaks should be made public as fast as possible,” he said.
“The relevant committees of Congress, along with the FBI, already know the truth and must make it public. They are the right institutions to do so.” Wolfowitz added.
The 73-year-old served as secretary of defense from 2001 to 2005 in the administration of George W. Bush.
Although Republicans in Congress are still standing behind President Donald Trump as criticism grows of Russian interference into the election, the recent developments surrounding the scandal have a growing number of prominent Republicans worried.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any inquiry after revelations emerged that he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak during the election campaign and failed to disclose them during his confirmation hearing in the Senate. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn stepped down after misleading the administration about his own contacts with Kislyak.
Since then, several contacts between the Trump team and Russian operatives have been leaked to the media.