FBI Covered Up Russian Role in Trump's Election, Sen. Harry Reid Claims

Outgoing Senate minority leader says FBI Director James Comey withheld information about Russian subversion of the election.

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FBI Director James Comey testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, 2015.Credit: AP

FBI Director James Comey covered up Russian involvement in the U.S. election and should resign, Democratic Senator Harry Reid said on Saturday.

"I am so disappointed in Comey," the outgoing Senate minority leader to MSNBC. "The FBI had this material for a long time. But he, Comey, who is Republican, refused to divulge this information regarding Russia in the presidential election." In July, Comey testified before Congress that he is no longer a registered Republican.

Harry Reid on MSNBC, Dec. 10, 2016.Credit: MSNBC

Reid's comments come amid reports that the CIA has concluded that Russia mounted a covert operation to help get Donald Trump elected. Reid called on the Comey to resign, claiming the FBI director had withheld information about the alleged Russian subversion from the public.

Over the question as to whether the matter should be investigated by the Senate and the country's security agencies, Reid replied in the affirmative, saying: "If there were ever a matter of security, this is it."

Citing U.S. officials, the Washington Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, to WikiLeaks.

The officials described the individuals as people known to the intelligence community who were part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and reduce Clinton's chances of winning the election.