Judicial Watch believes former Sen. Harry Reid may have been used in efforts to undermine the Trump campaign.
Communications in 2016 between former CIA Director John Brennan and the former top Senate Democrat are being sought in documents requested from the CIA by the watchdog group, according to Fox News.
The “stop-Trump gang” allegedly used several methods to create a narrative of collusion with Russia, Chris Farrell, director of investigations and research at Judicial Watch, told Fox News’ Shannon Bream on “Fox News @ Night” on Monday.
The group thinks Reid was part of that effort and is investigating whether Brennan leaked information to the lawmaker so that it could be made public, thereby creating a false narrative.
Citing one example, Bream read from a letter from Reid to then-FBI Director James Comey in 2016, two days after he was briefed by Brennan.
“The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to mount. … The American people deserve to have a full understanding of the facts from a completed investigation before they vote this November.”
Farrell noted that the efforts created an “echo-chamber effect” in which “everyone says” and “everyone knows” about the collusion because it is being circulated.
“It’s how the public is manipulated, it’s how the media is manipulated, and all you need is the tiniest little kernel of half-truth,” he said.
Referring to another example in which Reid said on the Senate floor in 2012 that “the word’s out” about then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney not paying his taxes for 10 years, Farrell called it out as “rumor” and “innuendo.”
“It’s slanderous in many cases,” he said, adding that Reid is part of a “deliberate, orchestrated act.”
“One of the ways to move the narrative out of the CIA and get it into the media stream,” Farrell noted, “is to have Reid act as a channel to do that.”
“So we want to see what was really going on, who was briefed, who was involved,” Farrell explained. “The only way to really understand this is to shed light on it. We’re going to do it.”