Mike Huckabee does not know what the attorney general does


Former Gov. Mike Huckabee defended Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ refusal to answer questions under oath on Tuesday with wholly inaccurate information.

As Sessions repeatedly refused on Tuesday to answer senators’ questions regarding conversations he had with President Donald Trump, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee revealed a woeful misunderstanding about what the attorney general actually does.

Huckabee’s inaccurate tweet came as Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning Russia‘s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and other related topics. Facing questions from Democratic members of the committee regarding his conversations with Trump, Sessions refused to answer on the grounds that it would violate the president’s constitutional right to invoke executive privilege at some later date. (That reasoning itself is hotly disputed.) As Huckabee appears to have understood it, Sessions was invoking attorney-client privilege to avoid revealing their discussions.

But Sessions is not Trump’s attorney, as Huckabee implies. (That role is filled by White House counsel.) Instead, Sessions is the top public attorney in the United States, serving the people, not the White House. And the internet was quick to let him know.

A former Republican presidential candidate but no longer in office, Huckabee has direct ties to Trump’s White House: His daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is the White House’s deputy press secretary.

Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.