Sen. John McCain was the last senator to question James Comey today, ending a 2 1/2 hour public hearing. It was McCain’s bizarre line of questioning that lit up the internet. Twitter announced it was the most-tweeted moment of the hearing.
“In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her, although it had been very careless in their behavior, but you did reach a conclusion in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her,” McCain rambled. “Yet at the same time, in the case of Mr. [Trump] (ed. note: McCain actually said Comey, not Trump, further confusing everyone), 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.”
Comey, confused, answered the investigation into Clinton’s email was completed in July. But McCain still wasn’t satisfied.
“I think it’s hard to reconcile, in one case you reach a complete conclusion, and on the other side you have not,” McCain continued. “I think that’s a double standard there, to tell you the truth.”
Continuing in his bewilderment, Comey replied again that he concluded the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email on July 5th, just as he announced. “But I want to say something to be clear: We have not announced, and there was no predication to announce an investigation into whether the Russians had coordinated with Secretary Clinton’s campaign,” Comey told McCain.
Was Sen. McCain trying to imply Comey was using a double standard by exonerating Clinton but not Trump? According to McCain, not at all. In a released statement, McCain dryly noted, “I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.
“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.” You can read the rest of his statement here.
Bravo for trying to get to the truth, Sen. McCain. But in this Red State Disaster, you’ll have to dig a little deeper.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.