“I’ve been unable to do my civic duty,” he said. “Since a lot of citizens inconvenience themselves to serve, there’s no reason for me not to inconvenience myself. You meet nice people, too.”
During that stint, McCain killed time reading the newspaper and playing music on his cellphone. That also seemed to be the plan on Monday, with McCain continuing to tweet news stories from his account.
In 2010, President Obama skipped jury duty after being summoned to a county courthouse in the Chicago suburbs.
UPDATED 2:46 p.m.: McCain later tweeted that he had been picked for the jury.
Just got selected for a panel - let's see what happens next #juryduty— John McCainJohn McCainTrump fires opening salvo in budget wars Overnight Finance: Trump budget to boost military, slash nondefense spending | Senate confirms Commerce pick | House Intel chief won't subpoena tax returns Overnight Defense: Trump proposes 3B defense budget | Defense hawks say proposal falls short | Pentagon to probe Yemen raid MORE (@SenJohnMcCain) August 12, 2013
UPDATED 3:11: McCain was not selected for an initial trial, but could still be picked to be on a jury later in the day.
Not selected for this jury trial, but may need to report back this afternoon #juryduty— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 12, 2013
UPDATED 4:23 p.m.: Later, McCain indicated he had finished jury duty without being selected.