Senator John McCain’s questions during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing with former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday left many confused and befuddled.
At the testimony, during which time Comey revealed that President Donald Trump did not obstruct the Russia investigation, and that Russia did allegedly meddle in the 2016 Presidential election, McCain appeared to confuse the Russia election interference with the Hillary Clinton email probe.
“Getting sense my q’s today went over ppls heads – maybe going fwd I shouldn’t stay up late watching [Diamondbacks] games…” McCain tweeted on Thursday.
During the hearing, McCain said: “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, but you did reach a conclusion, in that case that it was not necessary to further pursue her, yet at the same time in the case of Mr. Comey, you said that there was not enough information to make a conclusion.”
It was apparent McCain confused Comey for the President.
“You’re going to have to help me out here,” McCain said.
“In other words, we’re complete, the investigation of anything that former secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore,” he asked.
“I’m a little confused,” Comey remarked.
Twitter was abound with confused people.
“I don’t know what was up with John McCain but I’m pretty sure Hillary Clinton didn’t collude with the Russians to hack herself & elect Trump,” Brian Klaas tweeted.
I don't know what was up with John McCain but I'm pretty sure Hillary Clinton didn't collude with the Russians to hack herself & elect Trump
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 8, 2017
Adam Parkhomenko, former aide to Clinton, tweeted he was still “processing John McCain’s guest appearance on a committee he isn’t on.”
McCain is not a listed member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
It's almost 4:30 PM and I'm still processing John McCain's guest appearance at a committee he isn't on.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 8, 2017
Actor and comedian Billy Eichner tweeted, ” I guess it isn’t the best day to ask John McCain why he still takes millions of $ in blood money from the NRA. Maybe thinks it’s the NBA?”
I guess it isn't the best day to ask John McCain why he still takes millions of $ in blood money from the NRA. Maybe he thinks its the NBA?
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 8, 2017
Senior Editor of The New Republic Jeet Heer asked the Internet, “Rememer with John McCain was going to be one of the Republicans in the Senate who would hold Trump in check? LOL”
Remember with John McCain was going to be one of the Republicans in the Senate who would hold Trump in check? LOL
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) June 8, 2017
The Columbia Bugle tweeted about Senator Marco Rubio’s reaction to McCain’s questions.
— The Columbia Bugle (@ColumbiaBugle) June 8, 2017
Perhaps Andy Lassner, Executive Producer of “The Ellen Show,” put it best when he tweeted “I bet ‘covfefe’ made perfect sense to John McCain.”
I bet "covfefe" made perfect sense to John McCain.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 8, 2017
Nick Jack Pappas, comedy writer, tweeted a visual that is hard to forget.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) June 8, 2017
Actor and writer Aasif Mandvi joined in the Twitter banter.
— aasif mandvi (@aasif) June 8, 2017
BuzzFeed acknowledged that McCain definitely blamed his mishap on the sport of baseball.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 8, 2017
And even the Arizona Diamondbacks, from McCain’s home state, joined the conversation.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) June 8, 2017
McCain released a statement on Thursday about his questions during the Senate hearing.
“What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the President rise to the level of obstruction of justice. In the case of Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s emails, Mr. Comey was willing to step beyond his role as an investigator and state his belief about what ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would conclude about the evidence. I wanted Mr. Comey to apply the same approach to the key question surrounding his interactions with President Trump—whether or not the President’s conduct constitutes obstruction of justice. While I missed an opportunity in today’s hearing, I still believe this question is important, and I intend to submit it in writing to Mr. Comey for the record.”
The focus of the hearing was the FBI’s Russia investigation, and Comey’s subsequent firing for the way he handled the investigation.