At 12:57 today, Senate Minority Leader Reid said the following on the Senate floor:
HENRY SAAD WOULD HAVE BEEN FILIBUSTERED ANYWAY. HE’S ONE OF THOSE NOMINEES. ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS HAVE A MEMBER GO UPSTAIRS AND LOOK AT HIS CONFIDENTIAL REPORT FROM THE F.B.I., AND I THINK WE WOULD ALL AGREE THERE IS A PROBLEM THERE.
Now, it is unclear whether non-Judiciary Committee Senators are even allowed to read a nominee’s FBI file, which are highly confidential, but they sure as heck should not be talking about it on TV from the Senate floor. Can you think of a better way to trash someone’s reputation–say that there is bad stuff from an FBI investigation in a file somewhere and leave that hanging? This is character assassination of the lowest order and completely improper.