McCain: White House Scandals Are Hitting ‘Watergate Size And Scale’ (VIDEO)

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday night described the scandals currently roiling the White House as “of Watergate size and scale.”

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey to quash his bureau’s investigation of Michael Flynn the day after Flynn’s firing as national security adviser. Comey documented the request in a memo at the time, according to the report.

Later in the evening, McCain spoke to CBS’ Bob Schieffer about the news at the International Republican Institute’s Freedom Dinner.

“The only thing I can say is, I think we’ve seen this movie before,” he said. “I think it’s reaching a point where it’s of Watergate size and scale, and a couple of other scandals that you and I have seen. It’s a centipede that the shoe continues to drop. And every couple of days, there’s a new aspect of this really unhappy situation.”

“And you know, my friends, none of us — no matter what our political leanings are, no matter how we feel about Trump — feel this is not good for America,” McCain continued. “We’ve got a crowded agenda, particularly speaking as a Republican. We have to do reform of Obamacare and replacement. We have to work on the tax reform. We have a number of agenda items, and I have to honestly speak the truth to my Republican friends, I don’t see how you can say that just the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch is enough of a record for us to stand before the American people in 2018.”

Watch below via CBS:

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