McCain says his confusing questions resulted from tiredness
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 14:08
McCain says his point was to find out if Comey believes his interactions with Trump rise to the level of obstruction of justice.
In his almost 2½-hour public testimony with the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described an interaction with Obama Attorney General Lynch during his agency's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.
One of the things that really jumped out from the Comey hearing was the weird, downright surreal, questions asked by John McCain, who was either completely out of it and totally incoherent, or was disingenuously trying to compare a completed investigation to one that was still ongoing.
"I'm a little confused", Comey responded.
McCain said he doesn't understand how Comey could be done with the Clinton probe having concluded no charges were warranted, but wouldn't say the same about the Russian Federation investigation.
COMEY: "Correct. So far as I know".
McCain said, "I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads".
COMEY: "That's not a question I can answer, senator".
During the testimony, Comey also said that Lynch tried to get him to downplay the seriousness of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server to carry out her duties as the secretary of state.
Complicating things somewhat is the fact that in late October - much to Clinton's chagrin - Comey announced that the investigation into her email server was re-opening after a new batch of emails had been discovered on a computer belonging to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide, and her husband at the time Anthony Weiner.
MCCAIN: You just made it clear in what you said, this is a, quote, "big deal", unquote. "I think that's a double standard there, to tell you the truth". "That concerned me because that language tracked how the campaign was talking about the FBI's work", he said.
MCCAIN: So both President Trump and former Candidate Clinton are both involved in the investigation. Investigators are looking into ties between the campaign of President Donald Trump and Russian Federation.