Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey says Loretta Lynch's request that James Comey refer to the Clinton email investigation as "a matter" made the Department of Justice "an arm of the Clinton campaign". Many thought McCain's questioning was rambling and incoherent, taking to social media to highlight the point.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace's overwhelming verdict on former FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony: It wasn't good for President Trump's political reputation. Towards the end of the two and half hour questioning, it was McCain's turn to ask his questions, and he focused on two issues. 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'm sure Republicans will be drawing flashing red arrows to this part of Comey's testimony in order to say "see, it isn't just Trump, this is normal and routine". "R$3 epeatedly, and up to the day he was sacked, Comey says there is no evidence that led to an investigation of Donald Trump".
Likewise, the microblog erupted with hundreds of tweets expressing confusion with the McCain's line of questioning.
Comey said he made a decision to share his memo through another party after Trump wrote on Twitter days after Comey's abrupt dismissal that "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press". Is John McCain okay?
Thankfully, this sorts out a bit of what McCain was getting at, but it was still pretty entertaining to watch him confuse half the Senate - as well as many viewers.
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 Russian Federation.
Comey added an element of intrigue to the hearings when he said he knew of a "variety of reasons" why Attorney General Jeff Sessions' involvement in the Russian Federation investigation would be problematic but that he couldn't discuss those reasons "in an open setting". "I didn't believe she could credibly decline that investigation", Comey replied. People paying attention to the hearing are wondering if John McCain is senile or suffering from dementia.
And, whoa boy, did McCain ask some questions.
At this moment, there is no information to suggest any of the above.
Risch was referring to Comey's prepared statement, which he said derived from post-meeting notes with the president, in which he said in a February 14 meeting with Trump that the president said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go". The 80-year-old Arizona Republican joked that he stayed up late watching an Arizona Diamondbacks game. "The leaks of this privileged information began no later than March 2017, when friends of Mr. Comey have stated he disclosed to them the conversations he had with the president during their January 27, 2017, dinner and February 14, 2017, White House meeting".
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