Remember What Harry Reid Said?

What Harry Reid said was in quite plain language back just before the election. Following the announcement by James Comey that the FBI had found more emails from Hillary Clinton, Reid sent a blast to Comey claiming he (Comey) had information on a Russian link to Donald Trump and the public needed to hear it.

No such announcement was forthcoming. The email revelation was false and misleading, but the timing and the presentation of it probably more than any one thing tilted the race to Trump.

And now look where we are. We seem to have a man who was elected president through using various sorts of aid from a stated enemy, Russia. Just like Harry Reid said.

From David Corn writing on Mother Jones of October 31, 2016:

On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery letter saying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: “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…The public has a right to know this information.”

Reid’s missive set off a burst of speculation on Twitter and elsewhere. What was he referring to regarding the Republican presidential nominee? At the end of August, Reid had written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the “connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had recently visited Moscow. Last month, Yahoo News reported that US intelligence officials were probing the links between Page and senior Russian officials. (Page has called accusations against him “garbage.”) On Monday, NBC News reported that the FBI has mounted a preliminary inquiry into the foreign business ties of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief. But Reid’s recent note hinted at more than the Page or Manafort affairs. And a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jones that in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.

Sure would have been nice if America would have been informed that a presidential candidate was consorting with an enemy BEFORE the election.

Seems like a presidential candidate consorting with the enemy is the kind of thing we should know.

Meanwhile, that presidential candidate is in the White House and trying desperately to totally overhaul the government in favor of the wealthy.

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