Sen. McCain: Diamondbacks to blame for confusing questions to Comey

But because he is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he - as well as Democratic Sen.

When asked if he would have made a different decision if he could go back, Comey said, "Honestly, no". This investigation was under way - still going when I was sacked.

MCCAIN: "But it's still ongoing". "So what it sounded to me like was she wast trying to impact how that turns out before it gets to her so that maybe it's easier for her, you know, not have an investigation, not have to deal with prosecution". "It was when I left".

MCCAIN: "That investigation was going on". This investigation is going on. "You reached separate conclusions".

COMEY: "No. That one was done". I'd like to know what the hell that thing is, particularly if I'm the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time.

McCain went on: "At the same time you made the announcement there would be no charges brought against then-Secretary Clinton for any activities involved in the Russian Federation involvement in our engagement, in our election".

Comey added that a meeting between former President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch forced him to hold a press conference to discuss the FBI's investigation into the former secretary of state.

"I'm a little confused, Senator", was Comey's response.

MCCAIN: "So are you aware of anything that would lead you to believe that the president or members of the administration or members of the campaign could potentially be used to coerce or blackmail the administration?" Was he arguing that Comey didn't investigate Clinton vigorously enough? "Not something I can comment on sitting here". It was a weird argument from McCain, who appeared annoyed with Comey. Days later Comey publicly announced that the FBI would not recommend pressing charges against Hillary Clinton as his way to "to protect the investigation and the FBI".

The Arizona Republican, serving his sixth term in the Senate, seemed to conflate the investigation of Clinton's emails and the investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Comey, unlike the testimonies yesterday, seemed more than willing to answer everyones questions, and when a questions were asked that he felt his answers may not be appropriate for the open session, he stated that.

McCain seemed not to get that - whether intentionally or not. "I think that's a double standard there, to tell you the truth". That he had gone easy on Clinton but hadn't extended that same courtesy to Trump.

  • Larry Hoffman