The outspoken Democrat issued a scathing public letter via his own website to FBI Director James Comey yesterday (Sunday).
He criticized Comey's disclosure last Friday (Oct. 28) that the FBI is reopening its investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails based on new evidence the agency recently obtained.
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Reid's scathing memo accused Comey of "partisan actions" and even suggested he "may have broken the law." This latter statement is in reference to the Hatch Act of 1939, which bars the use of an executive branch position to influence an election.
But these indictments weren't the most shocking revelations to come from Reid's letter…
The "October Surprise" in Harry Reid's Buried Lede
The senator also dropped the bomb that the FBI and national security experts possess "explosive information" about ties and coordination between Russia and Donald Trump and his campaign.
"In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community," Reid wrote, "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."
Reid then pointed out the "disturbing double standard" in Comey's treatment of sensitive information between the Democrats and the Republicans with a "clear intent" to aid one over the other in the 2016 presidential election.
"You rushed to take this step eleven days before a presidential election," he wrote, "despite the fact that for all you know, the information you possess could be entirely duplicative of the information you already examined which exonerated Secretary Clinton."
To be clear, there is no public evidence to support Reid's claim of actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Were that to be the case, it would be a scandal of epic proportions — one for which there's actually no clear precedent. Its aftermath would be uncertain, at best.
Whether Reid's correct that there's hard evidence Trump is using a tie with Russia or that Comey has broken federal law, here's the aftermath we're facing in months to come…
Should such "October Surprise" evidence emerge from the FBI about this alleged Trump-Russia connection eight days from Election Day, Trump could be disqualified from the presidency were he to win the public and Electoral College vote.
As for Comey breaking the Hatch Act, should he be found guilty of doing so, he'd likely lose his position and his federal salary and pension, but would not serve hard time.
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