Democrat Senator urges ousting of FBI director for withholding report information that reveals Russian operatives having given hacked emails to whistleblower WikiLeaks.
According to the Independent, Senior Democratic Senator Harry Reid accused FBI Director James Comey of having withheld pivotal information about Russia attempting to tilt the 2016 president election in the direction of Donald Trump’s victory.
Reid also compared Comey to the agency’s founder, J Edgar Hoover, and called for his resignation on Saturday for having kept information about Russia’s involvement hidden from the public.
“I am so disappointed in Comey. He has let the country down for partisan purposes,” said Reid on MSNBC Saturday before adding that “the FBI had this material for a long time but Comey, who is of course a Republican, refused to divulge specific information about Russia and the president election.”
The scathing criticism occurred a day after a CIA analysis showed a number of people, having ties to the Russian government leaked hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks at the end of the presidential election.
The Nevada Senator also said that “everyone should know WikiLeaks was involved from the very beginning,” and that “they leaked the information as if it was run by one of the great political operatives in America when in fact it was run by the political operatives in Russia.”
Calls for Investigation
Reid, who will be retiring in January, has been calling for the investigation of Comey by the Senate and “other agencies of the government including security agencies.”
His successor, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, said he will demand a confessional investigation next year to get the matter sorted and urged Republicans to follow suit.
“It’s imperative that our intelligence community turns over any relevant information so that Congress can conduct a full investigation,” said Schumer before adding that “the silence from WikiLeaks and others since election day has been deafening. That any country could be meddling in our elections should shake both political parties to their core.”
This isn’t the first time that Comey has triggered a storm amidst Democrats who have previously accused the FBI director of influencing the election against Hillary Clinton. Ten days before the election day, he wrote a letter to Capitol Hill in which he announced the finding of more emails pertaining to Clinton’s private email serve investigation of when she was in office.
Trump and his transition team have dismissed the allegations in a Friday statement that read “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history,” and that “it’s now time to move on and ‘Make American Great Again.’