McCain says his confusing questions resulted from tiredness

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John McCain raised eyebrows Thursday with a string of questions during James Comey's hearing that many observers found confusing - and downright freaky.

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee is not officially a member of the Intelligence Committee, but due to a Senate rules loophole, as the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee McCain was permitted to sit in on the Intelligence Committee hearing and ask questions of Comey.

McCain added that he was simply following a line of questioning aimed at determining the key point at hand - whether Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice for trying to influence the Flynn issue.

"And that confused me and concerned me", Comey said.

The bamboozling interaction was picked up by internet denizens and roundly mocked on Twitter.

People following the testimony on social media responded with confusion to McCain's line of questioning.

The 80-year-old, who flew home to the Grand Canyon State last night, has said he's a devoted Arizona Diamondbacks fan. 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.

The Arizona Diamondbacks team have since acknowledged their honorary mention.

Comey, who was in charge of the inquiry into the Clinton scandal that dominated election headlines, testified that Lynch asked him to call the FBI's probe a "matter" and not an "investigation".

McCain continued to question how a conclusion was reached in one investigation going so far as to call it a "double standard". "We're not - at least when I left, when I was sacked on May the 9th, it was still an open active investigation to understand the Russian efforts and whether any Americans worked with them".

"Obviously she was a candidate for president at the time, she was clearly involved in this whole situation where fake news - as you just described it, "big deal", uhhh...took place".

McCain expressed bewilderment that Comey never followed up with the president about what he meant by "that thing".

"I don't think it's for me to say" whether Trump committed obstruction, Comey demurred, "but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward, to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

"I think in the backdrop of everybody's mind, including Comey's, is Watergate", Allison said on "Squawk Box". "As we were ready to receive her, I saw the other motorcade coming in - we were like, 'great timing, '" the source said. Richard Burr, whether his decision last July to publicly announce the results of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails was due to a widely criticized meeting on an airport tarmac the previous month between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

"In respect to Secretary Clinton we investigated, a criminal investigation, in connection with her use of a personal email server", Comey said. "I don't quite understand how you can be done with that but not done with the whole investigation of their attempt to affect the outcome our election", McCain said.

"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads".

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