McCain blames confusing probe on tiredness

John McCain, R-Ariz., question former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey as he recounts a series of conversations with President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. But because he is the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he - as well as Democratic Sen.

McCain is not a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but was invited to attend because he is considered an "ex officio" member by virtue of being chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He then went on to say that he felt the attorney general was trying to align the Department of Justice's language surrounding the investigation with that of the Clinton campaign. "It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey testified. "It was when I left". This investigation was going on.

"But you reached the conclusion that there was no reason to bring charges against Secretary Clinton", McCain continued, before fumbling over the name of the president.

Kasowitz labeled Comey "one of these leakers" who are "actively attempting to undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications".

MCCAIN: "That investigation have any involvement of Secretary Clinton or any of her associates is completed?"

When asked why he did not object to this request, Comey said he thought, "This isn't a hill worth dying on, and so I just said, 'Okay.' The press is going to completely ignore it - and that's what happened". And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time. You're going to have to help me out here.

Former FBI Director James Comey said he made a decision to speak publicly about the probe of Hillary Clinton's email after concluding that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch had the appearance of a conflict of interest.

James Comey wasn't the only one confused.

But McCain wasn't done.

Comey claims he inquired as to the curious semantics associated with Lynch's directive, but received no answer.

Comey has always been derided by both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Clinton email scandal. "And she said, just call it a matter".

McCain seemed not to get that - whether intentionally or not. Was he arguing that Comey should publicly exonerate Trump before the Russian Federation investigation is finished? Of course a former FBI director can't make a statement about an investigation that (one) he is no longer a part of, and (two) is still underway. The meeting convinced him to go public in an "ultimately conclusive way", Comey said during Thursday's highly anticipated testimony.

The 80-year-old Arizona Republican joked that maybe he shouldn't have stayed up late watching the Arizona Diamondbacks playing a night game out West. So you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey, President Comey - excuse me, the case of Mr. Trump, you have an ongoing investigation.