This investigation is going on. "You reached separate conclusions", McCain asserted.
In one of the unexpected moments of the day, Comey essentially took credit for Mueller being on the case.
COMEY: "As of July the 5th, the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed its investigative work and that's what I was announcing, what we had done and what we had found". "I don't quite understand how you could be done with that but not done with the whole investigation to affect the outcome of our election". And obviously she was a candidate for president at the time.
That's a relatively straightforward bit of politicking, but here's what that question sounded like in real-time, translated into McCain's personal patois of maverick-ese: "You're going to have to help me out here".
But McCain wasn't done.
He concluded by noting that Comey's comments about how Trump was not personally swept up in any counterintelligence investigation are "virtually the only facts" that hadn't leaked out prior to Comey's testimony. "Are you aware of anything that would lead you to believe that information exists that could coerce members of the administration or blackmail the administration?"
I think Comey is right here.
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"In the attorney general instructing the FBI director to call it a matter instead of an investigation, they were telling him to adopt the Clinton campaign talking points", DeWit said. McCain conflated the Hillary email server scandal with the investigation of Russia's hacking of the DNC. You mentioned the characterization that you'd been asked to accept that this was a "matter" and not a criminal investigation, which you've said it - it was. McCain is running out of Muslim countries he wants us to attack, tomorrow he might urge us to got to war against Canada. Comey, unsurprisingly, had to ask for clarity on what the hell that question, and several others that McCain asked along these lines, meant. Many - with the notable exception of President Donald Trump - shared their thoughts on social media.
CORNYN: Let me take you back to the Clinton e-mail investigation.
"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads", the Arizona senator said in a statement on his website.
Comey also said he was concerned that Lynch was seeking to align the Justice Department with wording that Clinton's presidential campaign using when referring to the email probe.
Comey refused to say whether Trump's alleged subtle threatening of Comey's job, outlined in his prepared opening statement, and the president's request that the FBI drop its investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn constituted obstruction of justice.