On both sides of the aisle, colleagues of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) looked baffled as he accused fired FBI Director James Comey of a double standard for not investigating Hillary Clinton along with Donald Trump for collusion with Russia. (Video below.)
When Comey explained that the FBI had completed its investigation of Clinton on July 5, McCain seemed to think he had caught the witness in a discrepancy.
“You’re gonna have to help me out here,” McCain told Comey. “In other words, we’re complete the investigation of anything Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over, and we don’t have to worry about it anymore? [sic]”
Speaking for virtually every spectator, Comey replied, “I’m a little confused, Senator,” and went on to explain just a few of the vast differences between the candidates.
With McCain’s line of questioning leading nowhere, he continued.
“So you’ve got one candidate who you’re done with and another candidate that you’ve got a long way to go. Is that correct?” McCain asked.
Comey said he didn’t know how far into the investigation the FBI is currently, but he was otherwise correct — because that’s how investigations work.
McCain’s colleagues looked physically pained as he continued further, insinuating that Clinton should be treated the same as Trump because she had been the victim of the Russian hacking that he benefitted from.
Here are a few candid reactions courtesy of BuzzFeed’s Emma Loop:
Needless to say, no one was moved by McCain’s logic.
The video below can be sad to watch. McCain, who repeatedly referred to Trump as Comey in the exchange, is 80 and seems to be seriously struggling with his faculties. Still, that is no excuse for the fact that he is attempting mental gymnastics to cover for the crimes of a President who is actively degrading and causing irreparable harm to our nation, a man who maligned McCain’s own bravery as a decorated war hero.
However, sympathy for the elderly and rejection of a shameful act are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the committee chair said it best with the words that ended McCain’s questioning:
“The Senator’s time has expired.”
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com