McCain's fuzzy questions for Comey leave observers puzzled

Geneva Matthews
June 10, 2017

The White House continues to strongly defend President Trump after Thursday's Senate testimony by former FBI Director James Comey.

"Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games", McCain joked in an official statement, suggesting that his late-night sports binging was the reason his questions "went over the heads" of folks on Twitter.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump said, according to the memo.

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".

"Never", he said. "I used the word investigation all the time".

There's more about Jeff Sessions we don't know: When asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Comey alluded to knowing more about why Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation than what has already been reported.

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". Comey alleges Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russian Federation ties.

Comey stated to the Senate Intelligence Committee that Lynch directed him "not to call [the Hillary Clinton email investigation] an investigation, but to call it a "matter". This investigation was under way - still going when I was sacked. "You reached separate conclusions", McCain said.

"Yes", Comey responded. "It rings in my ears as kind of, 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?' " a reference to King Henry II musing about the trouble that Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was causing him.

Instead, McCain flummoxed Comey with a question about why "the investigation of anything former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don't have to worry about it anymore?"

Comey again tried to explain that he only discussed the findings of the Clinton investigation after it was completed.

CORNYN: Let me take you back to the Clinton e-mail investigation. "I didn't believe she could credibly decline that investigation", Comey replied. At the same time, he faulted Clinton for being "extremely careless" in the use of her private email and server.

Comey said that after the tarmac meeting he considered whether a special counsel should be appointed, and decided not.

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