BREAKING: Dem Leader Harry Reid Just Made His 2016 Presidential Endorsement

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN, the Nevada senator said, “I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary,” adding, “I also think she’s the woman to be the first president of the United States that’s a female.” 

Reid’s nod of approval comes following her Saturday victory in his home state, where she defeated Democrat rival Sen. Bernie Sanders 53 percent to 47 percent. Clinton is also looking strong against Sanders going into the South Carolina primary this Saturday, where the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls has her running 24 points ahead of her socialist contender.

The minority leader called Sanders prior to announcing his endorsement of Clinton. “It was a really wonderful call,” said Reid, adding that Sanders was “so magnanimous, so kind and courteous.”

Reid heaped also high praise on Clinton. “I think that my work with her over the years has been something that I have looked upon with awe. She was the first lady. She started the trend toward looking to do something about health care. She understood the issue well, she was at the front on the health care during that administration,” he said.

The Nevadan would not predict if, or when, Clinton might secure the nomination. “I don’t know about that, you know I had some meetings today and I think the race is moving along very quickly so we’ll have to see, we’ll have to see what happens next month,” he said.

As for Donald Trump’s decisive victory in his state on Tuesday night, Reid said, “The party of Lincoln has become the party of Trump. And that says it all.”

As reported by Western Journalism, Reid had kind words to say about Trump last month noting the GOP candidate held some fundraisers for him in the past. “Look we’ve gotten along fine, that was before he was running for president,” he said. “With that bunch of people running, I am kind of pulling for him.”

Later he clarified to the press, “All you folks should understand that I was just trying to be funny with Donald Trump, and obviously wasn’t too funny.”

Perhaps after receiving some negative feedback from those in his party, Reid took to the senate floor a short time later to state that “Donald Trump has proven over and over again that he is a hateful demagogue, who would do immeasurable damage to our country, if elected.” 

BREAKING: Senate Just Defied Obama In HUGE Way With Massive Decision That’ll Have Him Furious

The Senate’s GOP leadership said Tuesday there will be no hearings or votes for a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia this year.

The announcement came following a closed-door meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnnell’s office with key leaders, including those on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Presidents have a right to nominate just as the Senate has its constitutional right to provide or withhold consent,” McConnell said. “In this case, the Senate will withhold it.”

“We believe the American people need to decide who is going to make this appointment rather than a lame duck president,” Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid charged McConnell was taking his orders from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who called on Republican leadership to “delay” moving on any Scalia replacements.

“That’s exactly what the Republican leader is doing: Delay, delay, delay,” Reid said. He angrily added that “333 days isn’t enough to do the work that we do ordinarily do in 67 days.”

So far, most of the Republican senators appear to be toeing the line, with the exceptions of moderate Sens. Mark Kirk from Illinois and Susan Collins from Maine, who have both stated there should be a vote on President Obama’s nominee.

As reported by Western Journalism, Reid stated in May 2005 that it is fully within the Senate’s prerogative not schedule a vote on presidential nominees. “The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the Senate has the duty to give a presidential nominee a vote,” he contended from the Senate floor.

In 1992, when George H.W. Bush was president, then-Sen. Joe Biden argued that the Senate should not forward on Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process,” Biden contended. 

Both Sens. Barack Obama and Chuck Schumer voted to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito’s nomination in 2005, and Schumer called on the Senate not to approve any of President George W. Bush’s possible nominees to the high court during his last 18 months in office, except under “extraordinary circumstances.”

h/t: Talking Points Memo

WATCH: Harry Reid Just Made Surprising 6 Word ‘Joke’ About Trump, Instantly Regrets It

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., backpedaled on a statement he made to reporters Wednesday about “kind of pulling” for Trump in the Republican primary race.

Reid was asked at his weekly press briefing about remarks Trump made on Tuesday about being able to get along with Democrats like Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

During the interview on MSNBC, Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Reid, and added as president, “I think I’d be able to get along very well with Nancy Pelosi and just about everybody. Hey, look, I think I’ll be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer. I was close to Schumer in many ways.”

“Oh, I remember the good old days, when he did a fundraiser or two for me,” Reid replied to the reporter’s question, as Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill, and Schumer chuckled uncomfortably behind him.

“Look we’ve gotten along fine, that was before he was running for president,” the senate majority minority continued. “With that bunch of people running, I am kind of pulling for him.”

Schumer looked over at Durbin and said, “Oh my God.” The New Yorker is Reid’s likely successor, when the Nevadan leaves the senate at the end of this term.

Reid said later during press gathering, “All you folks should understand that I was just trying to be funny with Donald Trump, and obviously wasn’t too funny.”

“Schumer kicked me in the back of the leg,” Reid added.

“And a few other places,” Schumer chimed in.

Reid took to the Senate floor an hour after the press conference ended to make doubly sure everyone knew he was joking, and that he believed Trump is not a good person. “There’s some things I shouldn’t joke about,” he said. “The danger of a Donald Trump candidacy to our country is not a joke.”

“Since he launched his bid for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has proven over-and-over again that he is a hateful demagogue, who would do immeasurable damage to our country, if elected,” the senate minority leader stated.

In an odd closing, Reid offered advice to American conservatives. “If Donald Trump should win the nomination to the Republican Party to run for president of the United States, the Republican Party will never recover from the damage he inflicts on conservatism,” Reid said.

h/t: The Hill

Wow: Prosecutor Just Announced He’s Investigating Harry Reid For A BIG Reason

Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., is in hot water again. This time, he is being investigated by the state attorney general of Utah in a pay-to-play scheme involving two former Utah attorneys general, John Shurtleff and John Swallow.

Troy Rawlings, a Davis County, Utah, attorney, said that he’s looking into allegations against Reid. Rawlings wouldn’t comment on the allegations, but said they were related to the case involving the attorneys general.

Since 2013, Reid has been denying any involvement into fixing an investigation into a software business of one of the attorneys general. At the time, U.S. Department of Justice investigators decided not to charge Reid with criminal wrongdoing.

Salt Lake City’s City Weekly raised questions about Reid’s involvement that Rawlings alluded to in a statement to the Associated Press: “To simply ignore and run from what has been presented by multiple witnesses and sources, and the potential impact on the Mark L. Shurtleff case, would mean I am either intentionally blind, or overly worried.”

Shurtleff and Swallow were arrested in the summer of 2014 and have pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery.

Rawlings voiced his criticism of apparent stalling within the U.S. Department of Justice by limiting his access to information related to his investigation.

The Justice Department concluded their investigation in 2013 without filing charges, but the FBI has continued to work with Rawlings in the investigation. Rawlings told the AP: “It is not up to the DOJ to tell me who can and who cannot be investigated and what evidence is relevant and material to a state case.”

Stephen Dark of the City Weekly reported on the investigation. He wrote that a businessman named Jeremy Johnson recorded a conversation between himself and Shurtleff.

Jeremy Johnson claims that Reid was involved in a pay-to-play bribery scheme focused on gambling, the details of which were published in The Salt Lake Tribune in October 2014. A transcript of a conversation that Johnson recorded between himself and Shurtleff included allegations about a group of online poker business owners who had funneled $2 million to Reid in 2010 to get Reid to introduce legislation legalizing online poker. According to a June 6, 2013, AP story, Reid as well as Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., ‘pursued federal law to legalize Internet poker but ultimately gave up before even introducing the legislation.’

BREAKING: House Just Stuck It To Obama With Hugely Defiant Vote – 47 Dems Joined In

The House of Representatives Thursday defied President Obama’s threat of a veto and voted, 289-137, to impose new screening requirements on Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

The bill was supported by 47 Democrats. Only two Republicans opposed it. The House plan would bar any refugees from Syria or Iraq from entering the United States until the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence certify that each one is not dangerous.

“If our law enforcement and our intelligence community cannot verify that each and every person is not a security threat, then they shouldn’t be allowed in,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

“The status quo is not acceptable,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “The American people want us to act in light of what’s happened.”

Other lawmakers agreed.

“I cannot sit back and ignore the concerns of my constituents and the American public,” said Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb.

“It is against the values of our nation and the values of a free society to give terrorists the opening they are looking for,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

The bill comes after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. At least one attacker posed as a Syrian refugee, officials have disclosed. These events created new opposition to Obama’s plan to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States.

Despite its passage, the bill on Thursday lacked enough votes to override a presidential veto. Republican aides said that absences could change that picture if an override vote becomes necessary.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid doesn’t plan to let that happen.

“The problem is not with refugees,” Reid said. “I don’t think we’ll be dealing with it over here.”

When asked about a presidential veto and a potential override, Reid said, “don’t worry, it won’t get passed. Next question?”

If the bill is blocked in the Senate, House Republicans may force the issue through an omnibus government spending bill, which has to be passed by Dec. 11 to keep the government operating.

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said he would vote against a spending bill that doesn’t contain provisions halting the refugee program.

“I think that we have to exert maximum leverage,” Salmon said.

h/t: The Hill