Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was photographed by The Washington Post playing poker on his smartphone during Tuesday’s Syria hearing, explained to CNN that he just needed a break from a lengthy hearing.
“As much as I like to always listen in rapt attention constantly with the remarks of my colleagues over a a three-and-a-half-hour period, occasionally I get a little bored, and so I resorted” to poker, McCain said drily. “But the worst thing about it is, I lost thousands of dollars.”
The senator later clarified that he was only playing for fake money.
McCain also tweeted about the photo shortly after it went up:
Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing -- worst of all I lost!
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 3, 2013
Here’s the photo, for those who haven’t seen it: