Senator John McCain grilled James Comey on Thursday over the former FBI director’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s e-mail scandal versus his handling of the Trump campaign investigation.
“So both President Trump and former candidate [Hillary] Clinton are both involved in the investigation. Yet, one of them, you said there’s going to be no charges; and the other one, the investigation continues,” McCain said. “Well, I think there’s a double standard there, to tell you the truth.”
The Arizona Republican first hinted at this alleged “double standard” in his lead question to Comey: “In the case of Hillary Clinton, you made the statement that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to bring a suit against her — although, it had been very careless in their behavior…yet, at the same time, in the case of…[Trump], you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion. Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former Secretary Clinton is concerned and Mr. Trump.”
Comey answered by stating that “the Clinton investigation was a completed investigation that the FBI had been deeply involved in.” By contrast, the former federal official disclosed that the Trump campaign investigation was ongoing when he was fired and “nowhere near in the same place.”
Moments later, McCain contended that “at least in the mind of this member, there’s a whole lot of questions remaining about what went on — particularly considering the fact that, as you mentioned, it’s a — quote, ‘big deal’ as to what went on during the campaign. So I’m glad you concluded that part of the investigation, but I think that the American people have a whole lot of questions out there.”
The senator spent the next minutes pressing Comey on his handling of the two cases.
“You just made it clear…this is a — quote, big deal — unquote. I think it’s hard to reconcile in one case, you reach complete conclusion; and on the other side, you have not. And in fact, obviously, there’s a lot more there as we know — as you called it, a — quote, a big deal. She’s one of the candidates. But in her case, you say there will be no charges; and in the case of President Trump, the investigation continues.”
Many Twitter users were puzzled by the Republican’s line of questioning during the hearing.
Current state of play during McCain Qs… pic.twitter.com/E2vJsXYWZU
— David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik) June 8, 2017
You can watch Senator McCain’s full questioning of the former FBI director above, via CNN.
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