John McCain confused people during the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday, July 8. Maybe he was fatigued or maybe he is starting to show his 80 years. Everyone expected the Arizona senator to ask pointed questions of Comey, but instead, he left the world confused.
It seemed like McCain was stuck on Hillary Clinton’s email issue and was unable to differentiate the investigation into the former Secretary of State and the investigation into Russia and Trumps administration.
McCain said that he could not understand why the investigation into Clinton was over and the investigation into Russia did not include her. What he was failing to understand was that there was a separate investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office and the Russian involvement with the election and connections to the Trump administration. But McCain appeared so confused, mixing up details from the different investigations, he left everyone at the testimony and at home watching the proceedings bewildered.
Later in the day, McCain addressed his the questions he posed to Comey during the open testimony. First, he blamed his incoherent questions to staying up to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks win last night. What he was trying to get to was if Comey thought that his interactions with Trump reached the level of obstruction of justice. When it came to Clinton, Comey stepped beyond his investigative role to say that that she should not be prosecuted and McCain wanted the former FBI director to take the same approach to his interactions with Trump. But that was not what was coming out of John McCain’s mouth. McCain sent a formal, written record of his questions, hopefully in a clearer form, to the closed session of testimony, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Other than McCain’s ramblings, the session appeared to go the way many hoped, or wanted. Comey, unlike the testimonies yesterday, seemed more than willing to answer everyones questions, and when a questions were asked that he felt his answers may not be appropriate for the open session, he stated that. He did not take the fifth, he did not refuse to answer.
Did Comey’s testimony open up the door to an impeachment hearing to be brought against the President? From the open testimony, likely not, but the conclusion that there was obstruction of justice and potentially improper actions by Trump seems to be there. How the senate committee will see the evidence, the world will have to wait and see. Comey has offered to have the FBI deliver his written account of his phone calls and meetings with President Trump made available to the committee, and if there are recordings, which the former FBI director did not make, but does not know if Trump recorded their meetings, he was more than willing to have the committee hear them because he felt it would validate everything he has said.
What do you think? How did you think the open testimony went today? Were you confused by Senator John McCain’s questions? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
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