Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) attempted to ask the tough questions at former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony Thursday, but they ended up being tough to understand.
The aging McCain, who contemplated retirement before his 2016 reelection, appeared confused during his line of questioning, conflating separate investigations regarding Trump, Clinton, and Russia, using Comey and Trump’s names interchangeably, and even referring to the former FBI Director as “President Comey” at one point.
A KTAR transcript captures McCain’s gaffes, as he appears unfamiliar with the difference between the current FBI investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, and the previous FBI investigation regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails:
“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?”
A confused Comey then explained that the investigation into Hillary Clinton that is now closed had nothing to do with Russia, and that a different investigation of Russia as a third party is ongoing. McCain, however, was unable to reconcile a conclusion on the Hillary case with an ongoing investigation in the Russian case.
“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?”
Comey then gave up trying to explain and said he wasn’t able to answer that question.
McCain’s fellow senators were just as confused by his questions as Comey, as Marco Rubio (R-FLA) said he “didn’t follow that line of questioning well,” when asked about it.
Rubio on McCain: “I didn’t follow that line of questioning very well.” pic.twitter.com/AfpRHsYgRy
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) June 8, 2017
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