The clip begins with John McCain being taught the basics about the two separate investigations, one into Clinton and one into the Russia fairy tale and with him trying to draw parallels that don’t exist. McCain replies to Comey that, at least in the “minds of this member,” and possibly in the voices inside those mulitple minds, there’s a “whole lot of questions.”
McCain says he’s glad Former FBI Director James Comey had concluded that part of his investigation but that McCain believes the American people still have a whole lot of questions, dropping the needle into the groove on his favorite broken record, “The Russia Collusion Blues.” After today’s performance, those questions will increasingly, as they have for a long time now, include the fitness of the Arizona Senator for office.
There really does seem to be a stew of disjointed subject lines floating about inside John McCain’s head, totally lacking in the ability to formulate a cohesive thought and express it in the form of a sentence. McCain said, “I think 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, so she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news, as you’ve just described it, big deal, took place. You’re gonna have to help me out here.”
McCain continued, “In other words, we’re complete or anything that former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?” Comey was kind to the befuddled old man in front of him, saying, “I’m a little confused, Senator, with respect to Secretary Clinton, we investigated, criminal investigation in connection with her use of a personal email server and that’s the investigation I announced the conclusion of on July 5th.”
McCain doesn’t grasp the lifeline, not having the good judgment to recognize he’s babbling and simply agree with something Comey says, and stop talking. He continues, “So, at the same time you made the announcement there would be no charges brought against then-Secretary [former] Clinton, for any activities involved in the Russia involvement in our, engagement in our election. I don’t quite understand how you could be done with that but not completely done with the whole investigation of their attempt to affect the outcome of our election.”
Comey explains that when he was fired on May the 9th, it was still an open, active investigation to understand the Russian efforts and whether any Americans worked with them. McCain replies, “But you reached the conclusion there was no reason to bring charges against Secretary Clinton. So, you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey, President Comey, eh, case of President Trump, you have an ongoing investigation.”
McCain finishes himself off, saying, “So you’ve got one candidate, who you’re done with. And another candidate that you have a long way to go. Is that correct? Comey, who seems to just want to conclude the spectacle for McCain’s sake, responds, “I don’t know how far the FBI has to go, but yes.” McCain continues to attempt to connect and equate the Clinton investigation into actual wrongdoing and the Russian witch hunt without success or sufficient basis to do so. The video ends with the chairman saying “The Senator’s time has expired.” That’s a statement that may hold true beyond just this hearing.
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