Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid blamed FBI Director James Comey Thursday for Hillary Clinton’s election loss.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Reid argued that Comey’s decision to reopen the bureau’s investigation into Clinton’s private email use last month cost the candidate the presidency.
“There’s no question in my mind, she would have won this election without any problem if Comey had not been the Republican operative that he is,” Reid said.
Hayes momentarily pushed back on the senator’s “strong words” as Reid doubled down on his accusation.
“But I believe it. He came out against what the attorney general had recommended, against what common sense dictates,” Reid continued. “He is the reason she lost the election. So if you want one reason, that’s it.”
Reid even went as far as to accuse the FBI director of purposely “throwing the election” in favor of Trump.
“Comey, he can be fat and happy in his office there for seven more years after having thrown an election to Donald Trump,” Reid said. “If he feels good about that, that’s nice.”
The senator’s views were starkly different last July after Comey initially announced that he would not recommend charges for Clinton.
“No one can question the integrity, the competence,” Reid said of Comey at the time.
Clinton herself blamed Comey for her devastating loss last Saturday during a conference call with fundraisers and donors.
“There are lots of reasons why an election like this is not successful,” Clinton said. “But our analysis is that Jim Comey’s letter raising doubts that were groundless (and) baseless — and proven to be — stopped our momentum.”