Reid: Clinton lost because of 'Republican operative' James Comey

Reid: Clinton lost because of 'Republican operative' James Comey
Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenate Republicans signal openness to working with Biden Mellman: The likely voter sham Bottom line MORE (D-Nev.) on Thursday blasted FBI Director James Comey, accusing him of being a "Republican operative" who caused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden MORE to lose the presidential election to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE.
 
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"It's easy to second-guess what Hillary did. I love Hillary Clinton, I am sorry she lost. I did everything I could to help ... but there is 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," the retiring Nevada senator said in an interview with MSNBC.
 
Reid then said that Comey's determination to revisit the investigation of the Democratic nominee shortly before Nov. 8 goes "against what common sense dictates."

"For example ... he came out against what the attorney general had recommend, against what common sense dictates. He is the reason she lost the election," he said.
 
"He can be fat and happy in his office there for seven more years after having thrown the election to Donald Trump. If he feels good about that — thats nice," Reid added.
 
During his interview, the lawmaker said the Democratic strategy during Trump's presidency should consist of selectively cooperating with Trump on issues that strengthen the middle class while rejecting his controversial rhetoric. 

Reid said that he did not want Democrats to blindly obstruct Republican legislation, stating that the mission for the party should be to educate the voters about why the policies in question are destructive. 

"We as Democrats have to stand for something to show the difference between Trump and us," Reid said. "I think we have to speak out ... the Republicans didn't speak out, they just stopped us procedurally.

"I believe that we have a different obligation. I think we have to be talking over time — if we don't like something, tell everybody why. Don't just block things as they did."

Additionally, Reid criticized Trump's potential Cabinet picks including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

"Giuliani to be secretary of State, I mean, what, he’s been to Canada? What’s this all about? He’s a lobbyist, he was mayor of New York City," Reid added.