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Hillary Clinton: Here's What McCain Found 'Heartbreaking'

And other thoughts around the Sunday talk show dial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2018 12:50 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton: Here's What McCain Found 'Heartbreaking'
In this April 6, 2017, file photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton appeared on NBC's Meet the Press with praise for her longtime colleague and political rival, the late Sen. John McCain—who "really understood in the marrow of his bones what it meant to be an American," she says, per the Hill. "He knew that the Senate couldn't work if we didn't work together. I think it was heartbreaking to him that—as he said in the speech he gave right before he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act—that we need to cooperate. We need to learn how to trust each other again and do better to serve the people who elected us." For more around the Sunday dial, including Michael Cohen fallout and talk of possible impeachment:

  • Unshakeable McCain: "And all of a sudden, he pointed to the two of us and said, 'You two are right.' And that’s when I knew he was going to vote no," says Sen. Susan Collins on CNN's State of the Union, about the moment when McCain sided with her and Sen. Lisa Murkowski on opposing the GOP repeal of ObamaCare, per CNN. "But once John McCain made up his mind about something, there was no shaking him. And I knew he would be there on the final vote."

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  • McCain vs. Trump: "Whoever was in the corner office, he would disagree with them when he thought they weren't acting in the best interest of America," says former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte on State of the Union, when asked about McCain's clashes with the president, per the Hill. "The thing I think about today is John and I hope that his passing is a calling for more decency, integrity, and honor in our politics..."
  • Impeachment, Part 1: "The role of Congress is not to protect the president, it's to hold the president, and any president, accountable to the American people," says Rep Jerry Nadler on Meet the Press when asked if the Michael Cohen revelations could lead to impeachment proceedings, per NBC News. "Congress is supposed to be a check and balance of the executive. ... Under the Republicans it's been exactly the opposite.”
  • Impeachment, Part 2: "We don't want to be as reckless with the facts as he is," says Rep. Eric Swalwell on ABC's This Week about whether there's enough evidence to impeach Trump, per Newsweek. "I think having thorough investigations, putting forth an impenetrable case, doing it in a bipartisan way is the proper way to do this, but we're not there yet."
  • Fire Sessions? "There may be a few isolated voices saying that the president ought to fire him now, I can tell you as a body we’re saying, 'Please don't,'" says Sen. Jeff Flake on Meet the Press, per Politico. "He serves at the pleasure of the president, we all know that, but I think it would be a big mistake for the president to fire him now." He added that firing Sessions "would be the first domino," with Rod Rosenstein and Bob Mueller close behind.
  • The 'Fixer': "Michael [Cohen] was very good at certain things and one of the things he was very good at, and we have now seen it, is intimidating people," says former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on Fox News Sunday, per Fox News. "I didn't like to work with Michael, I didn't like to interact with Michael, and that's why he had no role in the campaign, even when he wanted one."

See what McCain wanted on his tombstone. (Read more Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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