McCain says he wants Comey to answer whether or not Trump's interactions with Comey constitute obstruction of justice.
When asked why he did not object to this request, Comey said he thought, "This isn't a hill worth dying on, and so I just said, 'Okay.' The press is going to completely ignore it - and that's what happened".
But Thursday Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee the president fired him because of the FBI's investigation of Russia's attempt to interfere with the election.
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"I woke up in the middle of the night on (May 15), (because) it didn't dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation - there might be a tape", Comey said.
Comey said he interpreted that as a direction from the president, though not one which he was willing to obey. "With respect to Secretary Clinton, we investigated a criminal investigation in connection with her use of a personal email server". "You reached separate conclusions", McCain asserted.
"Yes", Comey responded. "It rings in my ears as kind of, 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?' " a reference to King Henry II musing about the trouble that Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was causing him. "But I think the American public sees how serious it is and we've got to get to the bottom of it".
Comey again tried to explain that he discussed the findings of the Clinton investigation only after it was completed.
"I was saying that in the case of the investigation of former Secretary Clinton's involvement, he examined it, said it was over and it was done", McCain said. "I don't understand how you can say in one case there's no reasons to consider - continue it, and he says that the Russian engagement was a big deal in his words, and I agree with him, but yet it seems a double standard". Comey replied that he was confused. "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. McCain conflated the Hillary email server scandal with the investigation of Russia's hacking of the DNC.