"Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former secretary Clinton is concerned, and Mr. Trump".
Former F.B.I. director James Comey confirmed during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that it was Bill Clinton's private meeting with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport last summer that ultimately led him to speak publicly about the bureau's probe of Hillary Clinton's e-mail server.
He rambled for a long time about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton, which ended last July, and seemed to try to connect it with the current Russian Federation probe. Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games.
"I'm a little confused", Comey responded.
"She said just call it a matter".
"Former Director Comey requested a meeting in September of 2015 in which he asked the AG and other Department officials for guidance on how to discuss the investigation at his upcoming testimony before Congress", said the official who provided an emailed statement on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. "In other words, we're complete - the investigation of anything that former Secretary Clinton had to do with a campaign is over and we don't have to worry about it anymore?" "I think that's a double standard there, to tell you the truth".
The senator release a statement on Thursday afternoon, in an effort to clear up the confusion.
Comey answered that the Clinton email investigation was a completed, closed investigation at the time he announced that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against her last July, while the Russian Federation investigation is still underway and could be for some time. So you reached a conclusion in the case of Mr. Comey, President Comey - excuse me, the case of Mr. Trump, you have an ongoing investigation.
McCain said he was trying to see if Comey would apply the same approach in the case of his conversations with President Trump and make a public determination into whether President Trump's conversations with Comey constituted obstruction of justice.
This all went down some three hours into the hearing, when it was McCain's turn to question Comey.