Harry Reid says Russia's hacking of the Democratic Party is 'as big a deal as Watergate or 9/11'

Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid compared the gravity of Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election to the Watergate scandal and the 9/11 terror attacks.

"I think they should have a 9/11-type commission," Reid said during an interview with BuzzFeed Tuesday night, referring to the panel that examined the details of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Last week, The New York Times and Washington Post reported findings from the CIA that suggested Russia tried to help Trump win the presidential election via its hacking of Democratic Party organizations.

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Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) listens during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) listens while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens while Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Democratic leaders Reid and Pelosi spoke about the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if Congress can not pass a bill to fund the department. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer reporters' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and Pelosi were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (R) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answer reporters' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and Pelosi were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) answers reports' questions during a news conference in the Radio Television Gallery at the U.S. Captiol February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were critical of the Republican leadership in the House and Senate because of the delay in funding for the Department of Homeland Security. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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A trove of emails and documents from those breaches were published by WikiLeaks.

Reid has been critical of the FBI's response to the Russia hacking allegations, alleging FBI director James Comey "ignored" the reports and "single-handedly" cost Democrat Hillary Clinton the election.

"Basically what I said is that it appears to me with all the information that is public which substantiates some of the information that I've received indicates that Comey should take a look at this and that was ignored," Reid said.

Reid joined Clinton's campaign in accusing Comey of being responsible of costing the Democratic nominee the presidential election with his actions.

"To think that someone who's head of the FBI would abrogate, go against, repudiate a long standing precedent in the Justice Department that the FBI would not get involved in the last several weeks of an election. Well he got involved not once but several times," Reid said.

"We can look at many different reasons that we lost the Senate and Hillary didn't get elected, but Comey is one of the principles."

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