Today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing promised to be must-see TV. James Comey, the former FBI director, would testify, under oath, about his interactions with the president prior to being unceremoniously canned by Trump.
But with Comey releasing a written summary of his testimony one day prior to the Senate hearing, there was little mystery as to what Comey was going to say or his version of events. There was really nothing the public didn’t already know that came out of Comey’s mouth.
But when it was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s turn to question the former FBI chief, the words that can out of his mouth were downright startling … they didn’t make much sense.
Not only was Comey unsure what point McCain was trying to make with his line of questioning, but some members of the committee, on both sides of the aisle, could not hide the pained look on their faces as McCain spoke gibberish.
To the best of my knowledge, McCain was trying to ask Comey why he let Clinton off the hook following his investigation, but not Trump … oblivious to the fact there were two different inquiries. The 80-year-old senator even accused Comey of having a “double standard.”
For some reason McCain could not grasp the fact that the Clinton investigation into her use of a private email server had been completed before Comey gave her the all-clear while the Trump inquiry into possible complicity with Russian interference in the 2016 election was still on going.
Mercifully, the chairman of the committee, Richard Burr, cut off the senator before his allotted time had expired.
John McCain handily won his reelection bid over Democratic challenger Ann Kirkpatrick this past November.
Interestingly enough, McCain’s Republican primary opponent, Kelli Ward, tried using McCain’s advanced age against him, saying outright he was too old and mentally unfit for the job.
“I’m a physician. I see the physiological changes that happen in normal patients again and again and again over the last 20, 25 years, so I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life,” said Ward.
It appears Ward was right. After today’s too-painful-to-watch performance, where he even confused Trump with Comey, it seems McCain does not have all his faculties.
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