Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) revealed on Twitter why his questioning of former FBI Director James Comey was very confusing to those watching the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
During Thursday's hearing, McCain questioned Comey about his meetings with President Donald Trump but things fell apart shortly thereafter when the senator brought Hillary Clinton into the mix.
McCain said: "In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn't sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her, although it had been very careless in their behavior, but you did reach a conclusion, in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her, yet at the same time in the case of Mr. Comey you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion."
Later, McCain pressed, "You're going to have to help me out here. In other words, we're complete, the investigation of anything that 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," Comey answered.
And Comey wasn't the only one.
After the 80-year-old McCain noticed that many on the internet were left questioning what, exactly, he was trying to get out of Comey, the Arizona senator explained himself on Twitter and offered a reason for why he was so misunderstood by many: He was up late watching an Arizona Diamondbacks game.
"Getting sense my q's today went over ppls heads," he wrote on Twitter. "Maybe going fwd I shouldn’t stay up late watching @Dbacks games..."
Getting sense my q's today went over ppls heads - maybe going fwd I shouldn’t stay up late watching @Dbacks games... https://t.co/r5cnX0yypm— John McCain (@John McCain) 1496947860.0
McCain's full statement, which was posted on his website, said:
I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people’s heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.
What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice. 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 wanted Mr. Comey to apply the same approach to the key question surrounding his interactions with President Trump — whether or not the President’s conduct constitutes obstruction of justice. While I missed an opportunity in today’s hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.