Harry Reid: The Trump Campaign ‘Was In On’ Russia’s Election Hacking
We all know Russia helped Donald Trump win the election. But outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) just put the finger on something we have suspected for months: The Trump campaign colluded with Russia and WikiLeaks in the run-up to the presidential election to damage Hillary Clinton and help Trump,The Huffington Post reported.
Reid, who has sharply criticized FBI Director James Comey for sitting on intelligence connecting Russian operatives and the Trump campaign, told The Huffington Post he was unsure if Trump himself was aware of the activity. But he said people in Trump’s orbit certainly were.
Speaking from a side office on Capitol Hill just days before he leaves the Senate after almost 30 years, Reid said:
“Someone in the Trump campaign organization was in on the deal. I have no doubt. Now, whether they told Trump or not, I don’t know. I assume they did. But there is no question about that. So there is collusion there, clearly.”
“Don’t put blindfolds on,” he said. “Here is the deal: We have a situation where during the campaign, especially the last few months of the campaign, WikiLeaks was heavily involved in trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and it helped Trump. And you have Trump who said he likes Putin better than he likes Obama.”
Reid said the Electoral College has a “tremendous responsibility” on its hands, arguing that if members of the Electoral College got the same briefings from intelligence agencies regarding Russia’s role in the campaign, they would think twice about supporting Trump on Dec. 19, when electors cast their ballots.
“What I say to somebody that is pledged to Donald Trump is, ‘Be fair. Be fair,’” Reid said. “This is a tremendous responsibility that you have to do the right thing.”
A request for comment to the Trump campaign was not returned, according to the report.