McCain says his confusing questions resulted from tiredness

Lance Nichols
June 10, 2017

John McCain suggested that he was exhausted when he questioned fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on Thursday, a performance that lit up Twitter and the Internet with unsparing criticism. The 80-year-old Arizona Republican joked that he stayed up late watching an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Risch was referring to Comey's prepared statement, which he said derived from post-meeting notes with the president, in which he said in a February 14 meeting with Trump that the president said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go". The president told him, "I hope you can let this go", and he took it as more than a mere suggestion. The investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and any possible collusion with elements of the Trump campaign is still ongoing.

Comey five separate times said the president lied about their meetings and the reason he fired Comey.

In Kasowitz's view, Comey's testimony establishes that the president "was not being investigated for colluding" with the Russians, or "attempting to obstruct that investigation".

Another fascinating part of Comey's testimony was his statements about former Attorney General Loretta Lynch interfering with him in regard to the Hillary Clinton email investigation, telling him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation". "I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide, and I anxious that it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach". McCain stuck to his confusing line of questioning, leaving people unsure about what they were watching.

McCain defended his questions with a statement issued hours after the hearing.

Tables were turned on Democrats just weeks before the USA election, however, when Comey, again acting on his own, briefly reopened the probe - a decision Clinton believes cost her the vote. While answering McCain's questions, Comey appeared confused, and at one point he admitted so.

Comey replied that he was "a little confused".

The forensic nature of Comey's contemporarily written memos which he released the day before, coupled with the calm, confident and measured demeanor in which he delivered his verbal evidence laid out a clear and compelling case that President Donald J. Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.

"What makes it egregious is the fact - and I think it's obvious that it is a fact - that the attorney general of the United States was adjusting the way the department talked about its business so as to coincide with the way the Clinton campaign talked about that business", Michael Mukasey said in an interview with Newsmax on Friday. At the same time, he faulted Clinton for being "extremely careless" in the use of her private email and server.

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