The message was released on Monday as a statement by McCain's longtime adviser Rick Davis, two days after the veteran Republican senator succumbed to a yearlong battle with brain cancer at the age of 81.
But the move to lower the flag for a second time has been seen as bowing to pressure following the criticism.
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A spokesman for the special counsel's office and a spokesman for Manafort did not immediately return messages seeking comment. Ellis asking for an explanation of the term "reasonable doubt", the standard of proof in USA criminal trials.
The American flag flies at full-staff over the White House on Monday.
Later, at an evening dinner honoring evangelical leaders, he said "our hearts and prayers" are going to the family "and we very much appreciate everything that Senator McCain has done for our country".
Amid all the bickering, Sellers sought to bring the focus back to the late Arizona senator: "I will just say this, John McCain deserves a better dialogue than what we're having right now".
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There, Aretha Franklin began singing solos at age 10, soon after her mother, an accomplished piano player and vocalist, died. The Queen is dead. "Long live the Queen". "When I heard ( she lip-synced) I just really cracked up", she said.
Following Mr McCain's death, admirers have recalled with fondness his insistence on fair and civil discourse - in contrast with the frequent incivility of Mr Trump and his habit of coining unflattering descriptions of political foes.
Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell says that while McCain served the state of Arizona in Congress, "he was America's hero all along". In other instances the White House has issued a proclamation extending the period to keep the flags at half-staff.
With bad blood between them at the boil, McCain reportedly excluded Trump from his funeral ceremonies - a development that Davis confirmed on Monday. Trump, when he returned to Washington, altered his stance, but nearly daily assails the investigation into the election interference. Some senators are pushing a plan to rename the building in honor of McCain.
As Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a Trump friend, put it, "I think there's a lot of hard feelings on both sides".
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Still, as of now, it is hard to see how two-thirds of a new Senate would convict this president of high crimes and misdemeanors. One of the women, Stormy Daniels , is an adult film star who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he denies.
When veterans' groups launched appeals for a more fitting salute to Mr. McCain, a Navy veteran who was imprisoned for more than five years in Vietnam, the Republican leader - who had no love lost for the Arizona senator - blinked. "He devoted his entire life to his country". Our words are too often cheap and imminently forgettable but John McCain paid our freight with his body and with his soul. He was held for 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam after the attack aircraft he was piloting was shot down during a bombing raid over Hanoi. Flowers, incense, flags and other tributes to McCain have been laid there. "The damage you have done to the Bureau betrays these families and sacrifices the financial futures of millions of Americans in communities across the country", Frotman said.
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