McCain blasts Democrats' 'hypocrisy' in leaks case
June 12th, 2012
07:51 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain blasts Democrats' 'hypocrisy' in leaks case

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain on Tuesday accused Democrats of "hypocrisy" for opposing the appointment of a special counsel to investigate recent national security leaks, saying they supported such independent investigations in the past when Republicans were in the White House.

McCain's comments came on the same day he pushed for a Senate vote calling for a special counsel but was blocked by Democrats. He spoke to reporters after being told Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-California, preferred the investigation be carried out by two U.S. attorneys appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder.


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  1. Squigman

    Dear John:

    You lost. Go away, and stay away. You will not be missed.

    June 12, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. steven

    It seems very clear the democrats do not want the truth to come out, the only reason to oppose an indepenent investigation is because they know Holder is crooked and they want to protect him. Hope that people will see this and kick these senators out because they are as evil as Holder.

    June 12, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  3. Jules

    Hey John, wanna talk about hypocrisy? You admit that there were leaks during Republican Administrations in your statement. Do we see Bush or Cheney being held responsible for the Valerie Plame leak? Poor Scooter Libby took the fall for that one even though everyone knows the bad guy there was Cheney. According to you, George W. Bush should have been held accountable. Where were you and your right wing crazies then? Right there listening to Fox News, I am sure, so they got some lie fed to them and they bought it as usual. How could Romney be unfit to be president 4 years ago according to you and then now he is the better choice? What has he done in those 4 years? Nothing but run for president. No job – no education – no growth experience. How can you support him and not be hypocritical?

    June 12, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. Yonni

    I think it is time to ask John McCain official Military record because his judgment is wrong time and time again. There might be some consistency with his character and it will help us to understand him better as a perpetual TV icon and a public figure.

    June 12, 2012 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Name JR

    Senator mccain may have miscalculated the sincerity of diane feinstein. We'll see how this plays out but the White House looks like the Keystone Cops. One prediction is this will all fall on Joe Biden(leaker) who will resign and meet VP Hillary.

    June 12, 2012 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. judy

    arent we all just a little tired of this old man? the repos are spending all their time grilling Holder or starting an investigation into something. How about using your time to pass some job bills?? Bunch of lying obstructionist. Any party that would put that idiot Mitt up for president needs to be called out/ Lets investigate them and the loonies that really send out the leaks.

    June 12, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  7. Tom

    Where was McCain's outrage when the Bush/Cheney White House leaked Valerie Plame's role as a CIA undercover agent? His outrage would be more believable if it wasn't so partisan.

    June 12, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. Niko_in_Richmond

    Senator Mccain, with all due respect, it is past time for you to retire. Once upon a time, you were what some would have considered a "statesman;" today, you come off as nothing more than another Republican attack dog. Leaks such as those that are occurring now have occurred under every single president for as long as I have been alive; it is, for lack of a better way to put it, "the nature of the beast." President's and their campaigns will use everything in their power to sure up support for them and their agenda. When you play this partisan game, one in which the current president's predecessor, a Republican, used 9/11 as if it were some sort of walking stick for himself and not a national tragedy, you make yourself look like a fool. At some point in time, I hope that you realize that you and your views of the country are a bit outdated, and you will decide that it is time to retire. Washington is desperately in need of new blood and fresh ideas. Isn't about time you step aside and allow someone younger with fresh ideas to make his or her way into government? I think that I speak for a lot of Americans when i say that it is....

    June 12, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. g

    lets put the iraq lies on the same agenda mr,song bird-somebody should go to jail

    June 12, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Pete

    Sen.McCain,what about CIA operative PlameWilson,wasn't that a deliberate leak,if I ever saw one,no one being blamed,everything huss huss,typical republican hypocricy if I ever seen it..Getting back at her ambassador husband,that's real top secret of ya,but coming from McCain,the Saigon Songbirds mouth,nothings changed,same hypocrite,just older,more crankier.Where was the US government when he was doing propaganda for the N.Vietnamese government, anybody sayin anything because that's your hero ,ole man McCain.What about the Keating 5,that little S&L scam costing us 3.5 billion in the 80's,he didn't serve a day,but Keating did,that's republicans for ya,don't do what I do,do what I say attitude,real patriotic.Shut his mouth and send him to a rest home in Arizona,let Cindy take care of him she'd like that I bet!!You republicans better do a little more research before backing creeps like these,he also left his sick wife for Cindy,a real family man isn't he,what's with your republican heros leaving their wives,that seems the norm,doesn't it!!

    June 12, 2012 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    McCain... Is there a bigger national disgrace? I'm embarrassed he served in the same branch of military as me.

    June 12, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. arduck

    Bitter much, Senator? Why are not you mavericking you side of the aisle to get to work and help solve America's problems rather than obstructioning every POTUS effort to seek solutions?

    June 12, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Voltaire

    Really rich, coming from Mc Cain. Wasn't old tricky Dick Nixon the grand daddy of all hypocrisy in the GOP party? Get yourself a clue, old man, McCain, just thowing anything against the wall and hoping it's going to stick won't happen anymore in the Internet Age.

    June 12, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. tepeters

    McCain needs to sit down and be quiet or go away and stop feeling sorry for hmself for losing.

    June 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. luke,az

    Sen. McCain is a sore loser. He lost all credibility when he picked Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. The Obama administration has virtually eliminated the entire al Qeada leadership, and all the Republicans can come up with are diversionary issues such as purported leaks. If you want more Iraq wars keep electing people like John McCain.

    June 12, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Common sense grandma

    Senator McCain is bitter and just plain grumpy. Basically he goes around saying, "get off my lawn." I promise to stay off his lawn if he promises to go back inside and keep quiet.

    June 12, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  17. usagoblue

    McCain needs to stop leaking out the side of his mouth. know how he survived being a POW in the Vietnam war? He spilled his guts. Don't blame him, I wouldn't like torture either but many of his comrads didn't make it and for the ones that did he has voted NO on every VA bill to help those veterans and their families. Talk about hyprocracy|

    June 12, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    To think that he might have been someone I might have voted for back in 2000... I don't think that I'd vote for him for dog catcher. His judgment has become clearly flawed.

    June 12, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  19. Larry L

    McCain represents the same party who spent 91 million dollars investigating Bill Clinton's famous BJ. They kept the Starr Commission on the job for two years beyond the actual event.

    This old, senile loser needs to take his rich, extremely white, "tarnished trophy" bride back to Arizona where they can enjoy the company of bigots from the closest thing in the Western United States to Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee or South Carolina.

    June 12, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  20. mariner v

    McCain is one of the biggest frauds out there and has managed to cloak himself in patriotism and the flag while talking sideways on so many issues I've lost count. Lest we not forget that he was involved in one of the biggest coverups with the S&L loan scandals that almost tanked his career. He is the last person to be a spokesman for anything that requires the courage of one's conviction. He has none. The last time the dems requested special counsel was because of the outing of the CIA operative Valery Plame. The has to be one of the most heinous and treasonous acts by a president and his associates, in my lifetime and yet they managed to pretty much get away with it. Holder's present problems don't even come close to the violations initiated by the Bush Administration. If I were a judge, Bush would have been in prison for the rest of his life along with Cheney, Rove, Libby and associates. The present JD debacle does not rise to the level of violations that warrant this form of activity. It's just a ploy to get media attention before the election.

    June 12, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  21. Deb Rice

    Can we see more on the intel. leaks. What exactly has been leaked and what are the ramifications of these leaks.

    June 13, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  22. DixonIV

    I believe McCain and his nutty friends on the right leaked the info. He is one of the weakest excuses for a senator we have these days though Grassley is a close second. He just can't get past the fact that he lost the election. He and his minions spent the last four years passing the blame for all our troubles to Obama. He does deserve his share, but the right has convinced their party that he took us to this point all by himself. The fox followers are always willing to beleive anything they are told by the nuts on the right as long as it is negative. God help us if the nuts from the right RULE this country again. Been there, done that and it is never good for the average American.

    June 13, 2012 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  23. BeverlyNC

    President Obama has leaked NOTHING. This is another false conspiracy story made up by the Republican Party to try to take the focus off his foreign policy successes. Based on the ethics of Bush and Cheney, I would first assume Republicans on the Intelligence Committee in Congress are the more likely source of any leaks, if there are any.

    June 13, 2012 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  24. Marie MD

    There's that sinister snicker of the bishop.
    I think mccain needs to look in the mirror to see who is the hypocrite. He sold his soul to win the presidency in 2008 and look what happened.
    He has become a bitter old man with nothing else to do but continue to fight the battle he lost. GET OVER IT!!!

    June 13, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |