One incompetent, evil lickspittle claims he's clueless about the Justice Department's seizing phone records of political opponents during his watch:
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates he had no idea his Justice Department seized phone records of two top Democratic congressional critics of then-President Donald Trump.
In the hours since The New York Times broke the news on Thursday that prosecutors subpoenaed Apple metadata from Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), former Attorney General Sessions has privately told people that he wasn’t aware of, nor was he briefed on, the reported data seizures while he led the Trump DOJ. This week’s revelations were a surprise to him, according to a source familiar with the matter, and another person close to Sessions.
The defense Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III might have is that he recused himself from the investigation into Russia helping the former guy in the 2016 election. That would mean the highest level authorization for the operation would be with former "institutionalist" and former guy fixer Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. No claim of cluelessness from him yet.*
Sessions' successor -- competent, evil lickspittle William "Low" Barr -- also uses the clueless defense:
Former Attorney General William Barr on Friday distanced himself from reports that the Trump Justice Department seized communications records belonging to two prominent Democratic lawmakers who were spearheading investigations into then-President Donald Trump.
In a phone interview, Barr said he didn’t recall getting briefed on the moves.
"I don't recall" -- a well-worn phrase useful to a guilty person evading an honest answer. Expect to hear that a lot from Low Barr.
Well, with an DOJ Inspector General investigation underway and Congressional hearings likely, too, putting these clueless lickspittles under oath to see if they'll perjure themselves is a prospect to which we look forward.
BONUS: Obligatory musical accompaniment.
*UPDATE: Now Rosenstein claims he didn't know about the subpoenas, either. Wonder who's going to be the fall guy for this...
(Image: Sessions and Barr/ AP)