During fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spent the majority of his questioning time asking Comey about former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails, to Comey’s confusion.
Comey repeatedly noted that “the Clinton email investigation was complete,” but McCain pressed on.
“The American people have a whole lot of questions out there, particularly since you just emphasized the role that Russia played, and obviously she was a candidate for president at the time,” McCain said.
“So she was clearly involved in this whole situation where, fake news — as you just described it, is a big deal — took place,” the senator continued. “You’re going to have to help me out here. In other words, we’re complete, 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?”
“I’m a little confused, Senator,” Comey replied.
McCain then spent several of his seven minutes of questioning time asking a series of odd questions, at one point suggesting that the FBI should be investigating whether Clinton colluded with Russia as part of the broader probe into Russian interference into last year’s election.
Perplexed, Comey agreed that Russian interference was “very serious.”
“But I want to say something to be clear: We have not announced, and there was no predication to announce an investigation into whether the Russians had coordinated with Secretary Clinton’s campaign,” Comey told McCain.
“It didn’t seem to me to be important for the conversation we were having to understand it,” Comey said.
McCain, along with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), are not members of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But they were permitted to ask questions because, as the chair and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, they are considered ex officio members.