Sen. McCain: Diamondbacks to blame for confusing questions to Comey

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The 80-year-old Arizona Republican jokes that maybe he shouldn't stay up late watching the Arizona Diamondbacks and says he missed an opportunity in Thursday's hearing.

Risch was referring to Comey's prepared statement, which he said derived from post-meeting notes with the president, in which he said in a February 14 meeting with Trump that the president said: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go". "I think that's a double standard there, to tell you the truth", McCain said.

In announcing on July 5, 2016 that he was closing the email probe, Comey called Hillary Clinton's actions "extremely careless" but said he did not recommend filing charges.

Both Coats and Rogers deflected questions from senators during Wednesday's public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee, saying they didn't feel "pressured" by Trump but insisting they didn't think it was "appropriate" for them to say whether or not the president had asked them to publicly clear him or otherwise sought to undermine the Russian Federation investigation.

"The president also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance", Kasowitz said, which also contradicted Comey's testimony under oath. The President has said he fired Comey because the public had lost confidence in his leadership.

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Kasowitz then took aim at Comey's admission that he ordered his friend, a professor at Columbia law school, to provide information to the press on memos he kept on his private conversations with Trump because he felt the investigation may have reached the point at which a special counsel needed to be appointed. McCain asked Comey why the FBI had concluded the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server, and yet was still investigating the Trump administration in regard to Russian Federation. At the hearing, Comey said Lynch had told him not to call the meeting an investigation, but a matter instead, which confused and concerned Comey. "I had to do something separately to protect the credibility of the investigation for the FBI and Justice Department".

But it seems to me that you clearly believe that Loretta Lynch, the attorney general, had a - an appearance of a conflict of interest on the Clinton e-mail investigation. "I don't quite understand how you could be done with that but not done with the whole investigation to affect the outcome of our election".

CORNYN: Let me take you back to the Clinton e-mail investigation.

Comey replied that he was "a little confused". McCain conflated the Hillary email server scandal with the investigation of Russia's hacking of the DNC.

It's hard to say, but McCain seemed to be trying to blunt the effect of Comey's testimony about Trump.