Arizona Sen. John McCain is blaming his convoluted line of questioning at Thursday’s James Comey testimony on his decision to stay up late the night before to watch a baseball game.
Many on Twitter were left scratching their heads after the 80-year-old Republican senator grilled Comey during the hearing about why the FBI closed its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, while continuing its probe of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
At one point in his lengthy inquiry, McCain seemed to suggest that Clinton may have colluded with Russia to sabotage her own campaign. He also mistakingly referred to President Trump as “Mr. Comey” and “President Comey.”
McCain responded by releasing a statement that read: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
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McCain also attempted to clarify his comments to reporters after the hearing, according to ThinkProgress.
“I was saying that in the case of the investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s involvement, he examined it, said it was over and it was done,” McCain said. “In the case of President Trump’s involvement, there’s more shoes to drop, there’s more investigations. What’s the difference? It’s over the same issue.”
What McCain did not seem to grasp, and what Comey attempted to clarify to the senator during the hearing, was that these were two completely separate investigations. McCain’s comments were scrutinized on Twitter, with many raising concerns about his well-being.
And McCain’s former colleague, retired Michigan Rep. John Dingell, 90, later tweeted: “Naps are important. When in doubt, take a nap.”