Reid: Intelligence community should 'fake it' on Trump’s briefings
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWith lives at stake, Congress must start acting on health care GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest MORE (D-Nev.) called on the intelligence community to fake its way through the classified security briefings Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE will receive now that he's the Republican presidential nominee.

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“How would the CIA and the other intelligence agencies brief this guy? How could they do that?” he said Wednesday. 

“I would suggest to the intelligence agencies, if you’re forced to brief this guy, don’t tell him anything, just fake it, because this man is dangerous,” Reid told The Huffington Post during a Wednesday interview in Philadelphia, where the Democrats are holding their party's national convention. 

“Fake it, pretend you’re doing a briefing, but you can’t give the guy any information.”

He went on to accuse Trump of being "part of a foreign power" for his controversial comments Wednesday that he hopes Russian hackers accused of stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee will also steal Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton to headline trio of DNC fundraisers: report Allegations of ‘Trump TV’ distract from real issues at Broadcasting Board of Governors Chelsea Clinton: Politics a 'definite maybe' in the future MORE's private emails. 

Reid said that if Russia acts on Trump's call, it would be "worse than Watergate."

During Trump's Wednesday press conference, he called on the intelligence community not to brief Clinton, arguing that the investigation into her private email server from her time as secretary of State proved that she couldn't be trusted with classified information.

That echoes the call from House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE (R-Wis.), who asked the director of national intelligence to refuse to give Clinton classified briefings.