Since President Obama called for a full investigation on Friday into the influence of Russian government into the 2016 presidential elections, American voters are left wondering just how deeply the ties may go within our own government agencies. Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Joy Reid’s AM Joy on Saturday that one of those ties is FBI Director James Comey.
Reid told the morning news pundit that he believes Comey had the information needed to investigate Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election well before the public ever heard about it, but worked on the part of the GOP to “deliberately” withhold that information before the election to protect Donald Trump and ensure his win.
‘I am so disappointed in Comey. He has let the country down for partisan purposes and that’s why I’ve called him the new J. Edgar Hoover, because that’s what I believe.’
For those unfamiliar with Hoover, he served as the director of the FBI from 1935 until 1972. He ordered illegal surveillance of anyone he could accuse of being a “Communist threat,” including labor organizers and Civil Rights activists by insisting that they were attempting to organize a takeover of the U.S. government as operatives for Communist countries such as Russia and China. He ordered that same illegal surveillance against political opponents within the United States.
Joy Reid asked the senator if he believes that Comey should resign his position. In light of the obvious influence he attempted to assert over the elections by announcing a new investigation without any real evidence into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email server just a few short weeks before the Nov. 8 election, an investigation that didn’t even turn up any new evidence at all, the answer should be a resounding yes, and Senator Reid agreed. Reid also stated that Comey won’t resign, since “he has a term there…and the new administration, they should like him. He helped him [Trump] get elected.”
When asked whether U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch should try to have Comey removed from his position as FBI director, Senator Reid said that this is not a viable solution to the problem.
‘No, there’s not enough time to do that. That would be a gesture in futility.’
Senator Reid also called for an investigation into James Comey that goes far beyond just one branch of the U.S. government. He also praised the media for digging into the matter and refusing to be deterred.
‘I think he should be investigated by the Senate, I think he should be investigated by other agencies of the government, including the security agencies, because if there were ever a matter of security, it’s this. It’s clear. It’s so clear. You look at the accounts we have just in the past…the last few days. It’s stunning, stunning, the conclusions reached by the press. Thank goodness we still have a lot of them around despite a lot of people…this is not fake news, okay?’
See the full segment below:
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) December 10, 2016
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