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McCain Describes Dan Coats’ Refusal to Discuss WaPo Story in Public Hearing as ‘Orwellian’

Towards the end of today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with a number of intelligence agency chiefs, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seemed to echo the frustration that many of his Senate colleagues had already expressed regarding the intel chiefs’ refusal to answer questions.

While questioning Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, McCain referenced a recent article in the Washington Post that detailed how Coats had told associates that President Donald Trump had asked him to intervene in the FBI’s Russia probe. Acknowledging that Coats had said he could only discuss what had already been published in a closed hearing, the Arizona lawmaker invoked George Orwell to express what this all appeared to him.

“You know, it just shows what kind of an Orwellian existence that we live in,” McCain exclaimed. “I mean, it’s detailed as you know from reading the story as to when you met, what you discussed, et cetera, et cetera. And yet, here in a public hearing before the American people, we can’t talk about what was described in detail in this morning’s Washington Post.”

After Coats said that he didn’t want to publicly share private conversations — which is the comment he gave the Post — and that he felt it wasn’t appropriate to discuss openly, McCain remarked again how this is all so strange.

“I’m certainly not blaming you but it certainly is an interesting town in which we exist,” McCain said, adding that whether the info in the story is classified or not, it is now out in the public.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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