Sen. John McCain had a bizarre reason for his lackluster performance during the questioning of former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday.
He stayed up late watching his home state’s Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, as they defeated the San Diego Padres.
“I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads,” the Arizona senator said in a statement on his website. “Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.”
The former 2008 Republican presidential nominee seemed to mesh the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server and the investigation into Russian meddling into one.
“In the case of Hilary Clinton you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her although it had been very careless in her behavior, but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her. Yet at the same time in the case or Mr. Comey, you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion. Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former Secretary Clinton is concerned and Mr. Trump,” he asked Comey during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
“The American people have a whole lot of questions out there particularly since you just emphasized the role that Russia played. And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time so she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news as you just described it ‘big deal’ took place,” he continued, “You’re gonna have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete in the investigation and anything that former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”
Comey replied that he was “a little confused.”
Sen. McCain explained further in his statement what he intended to ask Comey.
“What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice. In the case of Secretary Clinton’s emails, Mr. Comey was willing to step beyond his role as an investigator and state his belief about what ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would conclude about the evidence,” Sen. McCain wrote. “I wanted Mr. Comey to apply the same approach to the key question surrounding his interactions with President Trump—whether or not the President’s conduct constitutes obstruction of justice. While I missed an opportunity in today’s hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.”
But before that statement, many people were as confused as Comey.
Whatever you think of the questions from every other Sen on the committee, they all made sense. McCain’s remarks were a departure from that.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) June 8, 2017
Is McCain OK?
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 8, 2017
— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) June 8, 2017
What is McCain talking about?
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 8, 2017
America after McCain pic.twitter.com/hp88ihsMsb
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 8, 2017
Unanimity in my timeline for first time during the hearings: McCain isn’t making sense.
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) June 8, 2017
McCain needs to retire.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) June 8, 2017
Other senators’ faces as McCain talks. pic.twitter.com/2x1nmRzbkQ
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) June 8, 2017
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