Comey said that his announcement of investigating Hillary Clinton's e-mails "ultimately" came from the unannounced meeting between Bill Clinton (Hillary's husband) and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a tarmac.
But several of his questions confused viewers, and seemingly Comey himself, and he occasionally was incoherent. "Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former Secretary Clinton is concerned and Mr. Trump".
The Republican National Committee and GOP lawmakers highlighted Comey's revelation about Lynch after the hearing, but Kaine said they should focus on the ongoing investigations into Russia's role in the 2016 election. Many thought McCain's questioning was rambling and incoherent, taking to social media to highlight the point.
Kaine explained that this hearing is about why the sitting president fired the FBI director and if he did so with the intention to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.
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".
"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads", McCain said in a statement.
"This is about a sitting president and why he fired the FBI director in a historic move, and was that connected as he suggested to the Russians in his office the next day with his desire to undermine the Russia investigation. I didn't believe she could credibly decline that investigation", Comey replied.
Adding to that, Lynch said that Comey should have called the e-mails investigation a "matter", which Comey said "confused" and anxious him about the phrasing. Marco Rubio about the "double standard", he said "I didn't follow that line of questioning very well". It was a freaky argument from McCain, who appeared annoyed with Comey.
That's made all the more odd by the fact that, since Election Day, McCain has been one of the Senate Republicans most critical of Trump and his administration.
If you're playing catch-up: McCain says he was sleep-deprived Thursday after staying up late Wednesday watching the Diamondbacks. 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.