Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is suffering from pancreatic cancer and underwent surgery Monday as the first part of his treatment, his family said.
Reid, 78, served Nevada voters for 30 years before retiring last year following a debilitating eye injury. He was succeeded by Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.
The former Democratic senator had surgery on Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
“His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good,” Reid’s family said in a statement.
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“He will undergo chemotherapy as the next step in his treatment.”
Reid was one of the first elected officials to accuse the Trump campaign of collusion with Russian operatives.
On Aug. 27, 2016, Reid sent a letter to the FBI accusing the President’s campaign of working with Russian hackers to affect the outcome of the elections, according to a report.
“The evidence of a direct connection between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign continues to mount,” Mr. Reid wrote to FBI Director James B. Comey.