Congressional hearing on Russia turns to Texas-Texas Tech rivalry

Leave it to a Texas congressman to start a football discussion during Monday's congressional hearing on Russia and the 2016 election.

While questioning FBI Director James Comey, Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican who represents Texas' 11th district, invoked up the Texas-Texas Tech football rivalry.

After Comey made the point that Russia President Vladimir Putin hated Hillary Clinton so much that he preferred her opponent win, Conaway attempted to compare the situation to a Texas football game.

"That might work on Saturday afternoon when my wife's Red Raiders are playing the Texas Longhorns," Conaway said. "She really likes the Red Raiders. But all the rest of the time ... the logic is that because he really didn't like candidate Clinton, it automatically -- he liked Trump? That assessment's based on what?"

Comey played along with the Red Raiders-Longhorns scenario for awhile, at one point saying, "Whoever the Red Raiders are playing, you want the Red Raiders to win."

The football comparison got a bit convoluted before Conaway let it go.

Maybe it's not surprising that Conaway wanted to talk football. According to his official congressional bio, he grew up in Odessa and played football for Odessa Permian High -- the football-crazy school made famous in the bestselling book "Friday Night Lights."

Watch the exchange here.

 

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