In his letter to FBI Director James Comey, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) makes an incredible claim about Donald Trump – with no evidence to back it up.
Many of Monday morning’s headlines about Harry Reid focused on his Sunday claim that James Comey violated the Hatch Act when he sent a letter to congressional leaders about the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Reid makes a far more insidious claim in his letter, though, just two paragraphs down (emphasis ours):
In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government – a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public.
Without providing further evidence, Reid claims that Comey is sitting on direct evidence that Trump and his campaign have worked with the Russian government.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) made a similar claim on Sunday evening, to The Daily Beast:
“The FBI now potentially faces a very serious credibility problem … If it turns out that the FBI is in fact investigating—or planning to investigate—[former Trump campaign manager] Paul Manafort because of his dealings with Russia, or anyone else associated with Donald Trump—and does not disclose these facts to the American people before the election—then the FBI will be accused of a double standard when those facts ultimately do come out.”
Of course, this is not Harry Reid’s first attempt at dredging up an October surprise. He claimed in 2012 that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years. PolitiFact wrote: “Reid has made an extreme claim with nothing solid to back it up. Pants on Fire!”
Time will tell if Reid’s latest claim passes the fact-check test.
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