Following up on Cortney’s post about Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) calling outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) a “political hack” over a letter he wrote to FBI Director James Comey, who he says is exhibiting a double standard in this email probe and is sitting on some phantom information that Trump has ties to Russia. In an interview with Bret Baier on Sunday, Gowdy commented on the letter saying:
“Well thank God he’s leaving, is my initial reaction. My second reaction is, I did not know Mormon’s used drugs. Anybody who is capable of sending out that press release has to be under the influence of something. The person responsible for this fact pattern is Secretary Clinton. Jim Comey did not tell her to use a private server.”
As for the Russia claims, here’s what Reid wrote:
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 — a foreign interest openly hostile to the United States, which Trump praises at every opportunity. The public has a right to know this information. I wrote to you months ago calling for this information to be released to the public. There is no danger to American interests from releasing it. And yet, you continue to resist calls to inform the public of this critical information.
Yet, Aaron Blake of The Washington Post suggested that this maneuver is nothing more than “lighting a match, dropping it on a dry ground and walking away,” which is not out of the ordinary concerning Reid’s history of disgracing the Senate floor with his fact-free attacks. Oh, and there is zero evidence of such coordination between Trump and Russia.
Back in 2012, Reid said he had been told that Mitt Romney hadn't paid any taxes over the preceding 10 years. Reid offered no proof, and his claim turned out to be wrong. But he injected the idea into the campaign and left it up to Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to disprove it.
As recently as last month, Reid offered absolutely no apologies for his incorrect claim, suggesting that it had had the intended effect. He even called it "one of the best things I’ve ever done."
As with the Romney allegation, Reid's suggestion that Comey himself has told him about this alleged coordination between the Russian government in the Trump campaign is now sitting there for Comey to either respond to or not. He's daring Comey to disclose something, and if Comey doesn't (in keeping with protocol), Reid can argue that speaks for itself and there's a double standard.
The man is crazy. That's all I'll say.