Yesterday’s testimony of former FBI Director James Comey had many in the United States on the edge of their seats. What really happened? Why was he really fired? Is this the beginning of a whole new world of trouble for Trump, or just another scandal?
For two and a half hours Comey was questioned by senators over FBI investigations, his conversations with the president, and the events that lead up to his firing. At the end of the line of questioners was Senator John McCain. McCain’s questioning focused on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server as well as the ongoing Russia investigation… And because this is how American politics works nowadays, things took a turn for the strange.
The Washington Post reports: …several of his questions confused viewers, and seemingly Comey himself, and he occasionally was incoherent. He referred to “President Comey,” and at times looked confused and frustrated with Comey’s answers.
“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’s line of questioning began. “Yet at the same time, in the case of Mr. [Trump], 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 answered that the Clinton email investigation was a completed, closed investigation at the time he announced in July that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against her, while the Russia investigation is still underway and could be for some time.
This went back and forth several times, Sen. McCain seeming to have trouble understanding Comey’s statement that he only spoke on the Clinton investigation after it was complete, and didn’t speak about the Russia investigation because it wasn’t.
“I think it’s hard to reconcile, in one case you reach a complete conclusion, and on the other side you have not,” McCain said. “I think that’s a double standard there, to tell you the truth.”
You can watch a video of the questioning here. Don’t worry, I’ve listened to this twice and I couldn’t figure out what he was getting at, either.
After the questioning, McCain himself seemed to have been confused, also! He released a statement saying that “maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.”
Yeah, if you’re questioning someone over whether or not the president possibly tried to obstruct justice, getting a good night’s sleep beforehand would be a smart idea.