Attorney-General Jeff Sessions mocked online for ‘amnesia’ in Russia probe testimony
Sessions was grilled on his role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, who appeared before the committee last week, his recusal from the Russia probe and his contact with Russian officials.
Washington not learning from Hollywood mistakes. We just had Comey blockbuster, Sessions sequel too soon. Should take time to build universe— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) June 12, 2017
“I do not recall,” was the response delivered by Sessions on several occasions, leaving the Twitterati to conclude that the 70-year-old US attorney general was suffering from a bout of amnesia, or worse.
Biggest takeaway from #SessionsHearing: Attorney General Jeff Sessions' favorite words are, “I don’t recall” and “I don’t remember."— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 13, 2017
One Twitter user quipped that cannabis smokers have a better memory than Sessions, referencing the AG’s controversial advance of the war on drugs.
Every pothead Jeff Sessions wants to throw in jail has a better memory than Jeff Sessions— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) June 13, 2017
Harrison Ford's memory in Regarding Henry was better than Jeff Sessions in this hearing.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) June 13, 2017
It strikes me as problematic to have an Attorney General with such a bad memory. #JeffSessions— Donovan X. Ramsey (@iDXR) June 13, 2017
Some questioned why someone with such a bad memory was the head of the US Department of Justice.
If Jeff Sessions is having that much trouble remembering things, perhaps he shouldn’t be the top law enforcement official in the country.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 13, 2017
How can #JeffSessions still be Attorney General when he can't answer every second question because he doesn't remember?— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) June 13, 2017
Sessions testified that he had no meeting with Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel but attended a reception with staff of at least two dozen people including President Donald Trump.
He rejected reports that he may have had an undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak at the event, saying he recalled no private conversations with any Russian officials at that reception.
“If any brief interaction occurred in passing with the Russian ambassador, I do not remember it,” Sessions said.
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