Reid: Intelligence community should 'fake it' on Trump’s briefings
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus Sanders hires veteran progressive operative to manage 2020 bid Constitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency MORE (D-Nev.) called on the intelligence community to fake its way through the classified security briefings Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring 4 ways Hillary looms over the 2020 race Hillary Clinton met with Biden, Klobuchar to talk 2020: report 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 RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.), who asked the director of national intelligence to refuse to give Clinton classified briefings.