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McCain seemed to imply that Comey had completed the investigation on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, while leaving the Russian interference investigation incomplete, and asked why such double standards were applied.

COMEY: I think that's fair.

"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads", McCain said in a statement. "Tell me the difference between your conclusion as far as former Secretary Clinton is concerned and Mr. Trump". In the case of Secretary 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.

But McCain wasn't satisfied.

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A central - and unresolved - question from the hearing revolves around whether President Donald Trump was trying to derail the Russian Federation investigation by pressuring, and ultimately firing, the man in charge.

Lynch was out of line to tell him not to call it an investigation when that is clearly what it was, and the fact that this happened after she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac makes the appearance of impropriety more obvious. "I was actually going out of town with my wife to hide, and I anxious that it would be like feeding seagulls at the beach".

MCCAIN: "That investigation was going on".

Comey pointed out they were separate investigations, begun at different times.

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That's when it got really weird. "And so I asked a close friend of mine to do it", he said. Comey replied that he was confused. But it boiled down to one point.

"I think that's fair". McCain conflated the Hillary email server scandal with the investigation of Russia's hacking of the DNC. Something about John McCain questioning Comey seemed off, and it was very clear to the viewers.

The president claims he wasn't demanding that Comey stop the investigation, but Comey disagreed. This is exactly why the Federal Bureau of Investigation must be as independent as possible from political influence, regardless of which party occupies the White House, because conflicts of interest and a desire to put one's party or favored candidate ahead of principle is a powerful one. Making matters worse, McCain then referred to President Trump as President Comey. The 80-year-old Arizona Republican joked that he stayed up late watching an Arizona Diamondbacks game. "He was not under investigation and on the question of obstruction of justice - while he said that's still an open question that will have to be decided by the special counsel, Robert Mueller - he certainly didn't indicate that he viewed it as obstruction of justice", Wallace said.

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