Reid: Intelligence community should 'fake it' on Trump’s briefings
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Bottom Line Lobbying world MORE (D-Nev.) called on the intelligence community to fake its way through the classified security briefings Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 ClintonJordan calls Pelosi accusing Trump of bribery 'ridiculous' DOJ watchdog won't let witnesses submit written feedback on investigation into Russia probe: report What are Republicans going to do after Donald Trump leaves office? 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 Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.), who asked the director of national intelligence to refuse to give Clinton classified briefings.