Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today formally accused the Donald Trump campaign of actively collaborating with Russian agents to disrupt the election through the hacking of the email and data servers of Democratic operatives and the strategic releasing of misinformation through the Wikileaks organization.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Reid took the Trump camp to task for coordinating with Russian-linked hackers and the Wikileaks organization.
“Someone in the Trump campaign organization was in on the deal. I have no doubt. Now, whether they told [Trump] or not, I don’t know. I assume they did. But there is no question about that. You have Wikileaks, that coordinated everything they with the Trump campaign, that’s why they dripped out a little bit here and a bit here. So there is collusion there, clearly.
Don’t put blindfolds on. Here is the deal: We have a situation where during the campaign, especially the last few months of the campaign, WikiLeaks was heavily involved in trying to hurt Hillary Clinton and it helped Trump. And you have Trump who said he likes Putin better than he likes Obama.”
While Reid admits there is little “direct evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks, the timing of the leaks and the devastating effect they had on the public perception of Hillary Clinton is certainly convincing in and of itself. Doubtlessly a deeper investigation into the Trump campaign and Wikileaks by Congress will produce some extremely interesting results.
But that will never happen if Donald Trump becomes President, and the electoral college is the only thing that stands between us and disaster- as Reid reminded the electors in a somber warning: “What I say to somebody that is pledged to [vote for] Donald Trump is, ‘Be fair. Be fair. This is a tremendous responsibility that you have to do the right thing.”
Watch the whole interview here:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.