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McCain reveals a last minute note made him ‘screw up’ Comey interview
McCain previously raised eyebrows with an odd and disjointed line of questioning during high-profile testimony by former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. At one point during the questioning, he referred to Comey as "President Comey" rather than director.
"I had these questions laid out that I had discussed and, honest to God, two minutes before it was my turn, [the aide] hands me this app from Lindsey," McCain told Esquire Magazine.
According to McCain, the device - which contained an email from Graham - locked and he struggled to re-open it. He knew the email contained a suggested question from Graham for Comey.
"I can't tell you how important our relationship is, and I knew that this must be important," McCain told Esquire. "So I started out trying to remember what was on the app, and, anyway, to make a long story short, I f-ed it up."
The topic of Graham's questions, which he could not specifically recall for the magazine, was apparently Hillary Clinton. McCain then attempted to ask Comey a series of confused questions about the former Democratic presidential nominee.
"It was a colossal screw-up," McCain continued. "That was such an important hearing. That wasn't just an ordinary Senate hearing."
McCain has previously acknowledged his poor performance in the hearing, but never blamed Graham.