REPORT: Doctors Fear John McCain’s Surgery More Serious Than Thought
Doctors warn Senator John McCain’s surgery is more serious than previously reported. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed the healthcare vote after news broke that McCain had surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
According to the New York Times:
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will not begin until Mr. McCain’s return. A statement released by Mr. McCain’s office on Saturday had suggested that he would be in Arizona recovering for just this week, but neurosurgeons interviewed said the typical recovery period could be longer.
The statement from Mr. McCain’s office said a two-inch blood clot was removed from “above his left eye” during a “minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision” at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, “following a routine annual physical.” Surgeons there are not conducting interviews, and Mr. McCain’s communications director, Julie Tarallo, said no further information was available.
A craniotomy is an opening of the skull, and an eyebrow incision would be used to reach a clot in or near the left frontal lobes of the brain, neurosurgeons who were not involved in Mr. McCain’s care said.
“Usually, a blood clot in this area would be a very concerning issue,” said Dr. Nrupen Baxi, an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.
The report then recounts McCain’s bizarre line of questioning during former FBI Director James Comey’s Congressional testimony. One has to consider the blood clot may have impacted the Arizona Senator’s ability to ask proper questions.
Per TIME Magazine:
Sen. John McCain appeared to perplex his congressional colleagues, former FBI Director James Comey and people watching the highly anticipated testimonyon Thursday when it was his turn to ask questions.
McCain, a Republican who has made his interest in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election clear, compared it to the now-completed investigation of Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
In response, Comey said he had concluded the Clinton investigation on July 5, 2016, while FBI director and did not know the status of the Russia investigation since he was fired on May 9. But McCain appeared to draw a connection between the two separate investigations, questioning why one investigation was concluded and another wasn’t.
“So both President Trump and former candidate Clinton are both involved in the investigation, yet one of them you said there’s going to be no charges and the other one that the investigation continues,” McCain said. “Well, I think there’s a double standard there to tell you the truth.”
McCain would then go on to blame the strange set of questions on lack of sleep after staying up late to watch baseball.
Global News report:
The 80-year-old Arizona Republicanjoked that maybe he shouldn’t have stayed up late watching the Arizona Diamondbacks playing a night game out West.
“What I was trying to get at was whether Mr. Comey believes that any of his interactions with the president rise to the level of obstruction of justice,” McCain said in a statement after his questioning.
Instead, McCain flummoxed Comey with a question about why “the investigation of anything former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don’t have to worry about it anymore?”
Comey pointed out they were separate investigations, begun at different times.