One of the top Republican leaders and Arizona Senator John McCain looked very confused during the entire Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with former FBI Director James Comey. Former FBI boss came up with several revelations about President Donald Trump and the ongoing probe regarding Russian interference in the Presidential polls.
The way he spoke, his lack of clarity and his confusion on the subject made everyone very confused. The 80 year old Army veteran later said that he had stayed up late last for watching the Arizona Diamondbacks match.
There is no denying that the confusion he caused was serious. At one point he referred to President Donald Trump as “Mr. Comey” and even said “President Comey.” McCain ran for the Republican nomination in 2000 but lost a heated primary season contest to George W. Bush of Texas. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but was defeated by Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election, losing by a 365–173 electoral college margin and by 53–46% in the popular vote.
Many people were taken aback by his lack of clarity, confusion and incoherent thoughts. His questions were incomplete thoughts. He began his time during the hearing by appearing to condemn Comey’s decision not to recommend criminal charges against Clinton even though he called her actions “careless.” Later he went on to ask Comey why he could reach a conclusion in the Clinton case, but not in the Trump case. Here’s how McCain began his line of questioning, via a KTAR transcript.
In the case of Hillary Clinton, there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her although it had been very careless it their behavior although 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 as 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.
The former FBI director said that Clinton investigation was completed, whereas the Trump investigation has not been complete as yet.
McCain went on to add,
Well, at least in the mind of this member, there are a whole lot of questions remaining about what went on, particularly considering the fact that, as you mentioned it’s a ‘big deal’ as to what went on during the campaign so I’m glad you concluded that part of the investigation but I think that the American people have a whole lot of questions out there, particularly because 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. You’re going to have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete the investigation of anything that former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?
But you reached the conclusion that there was no reason to bring charges against Secretary Clinton. So you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey – President Comey – er, President Trump you have an ongoing investigation, so you’ve got one candidate who you’re done with and another candidate that you have a long way to go, is that correct?
What has been brought out in this hearing is more and more emphasis on the Russian engagement and involvement in this campaign. How serious do you think this was? “Very serious,” Comey replied. Comey explained that the Russians weren’t involved with Clinton’s campaign. However, he agreed that the Russians played a role in the overall campaign as a third party. The investigation into understanding that role is ongoing.
Then came another question. McCain said,
But you reached that conclusion as far as Secretary Clinton is concerned, but you’re not reaching a conclusion as far as this administration is concerned? Are you aware of anything that would lead you to believe that information exists that could coerce members of the administration or blackmail members of the administration?
Later he said
“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. 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.”