Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is advising intelligence officials that when they give GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump classified briefings during the campaign, they should flat out lie, fake it and make sure not to divulge anything important.
“How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that? I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Reid said in an interview with The Huffington Post Wednesday afternoon. “Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information. This guy, he’s part of a foreign power. We knew he liked Putin before this, but this is quite ridiculous.”
This will now be the second time congressional leaders have encouraged intelligence agencies to either fake or suspend briefings for a presidential candidate in the 2016 race. Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) requested that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence cut off Clinton and her security clearance over revelations that she had been careless in her handling of classified information related to her use of a private email account.
Intelligence officials are becoming more and more convinced that the hack of the Democratic National Committee and subsequent release of DNC emails was the work of the Russian government, with the goal of undermining Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and boosting her rival, Trump. Trump on Wednesday called on Russia to release any additional emails they have from Clinton.
“I think Watergate was something that people understood. It was wrong, morally wrong, for the president of the United States to be involved in such trivia,” Reid said. “What Trump is talking about is much worse than Watergate. Absolutely.”