Now that Nevada’s Senator Harry Reid has announced his retirement, he’s giving interviews about his so-called career. Recently he admitted that he lied from the Senate floor about former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Back in 2012, Reid accused Romney, without any evidence, of not paying any taxes. Reid even said that Romney’s father “must be so embarrassed about his son” Mitt because George Romney turned over 12-years of tax returns ahead of his 1968 presidential run.
Reid then told the Huff-Po that an unnamed, unverifiable Bain investor claimed that Romney was a “tax evader.”
“Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain. But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look? … You guys have said his wealth is $250 million. Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”
Then from the Senate floor, he raved:
“So, the word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t. We already know from one partial tax return that he gave us, he has money hidden in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and a Swiss banking account. Mitt Romney makes more money in a single day than the average middle-class family makes in two years or more.”
When reporters demanded Reid provide a source for this allegation, he refused to elaborate further, saying that “a number of people” told him Romney didn’t pay taxes and, “I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”
Reid defended his lies on CNN, responding, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”
He honestly doesn’t care that what he said wasn’t true as he has the law on his side. Even though Reid made slanderous statements about Romney he cannot be sued for them.
Article I, Section 6 of the U.S. Constitution states that members of Congress shall “be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.” The only exceptions to this rule are for treason, felonies and “breach of the peace.”
The 75-year-old Reid’s admission feels like junior high school logic, therefore wouldn’t it be so adolescent if his pants really did catch fire?