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Louisiana Gov. Earl K. Long on his Attorney General.

A couple of hours after Robert Mueller III spoke to the American public for the first and only time about his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the allegations that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice in order to illegally end the investigation before it even began, Jeff Landry, Louisiana’s attorney general and a former one-term member of the U.S. Congress, turned to Trump’s favorite online soapbox, Twitter, offering his own assessment of Mueller’s remarks.

In his haste to reflexively defend a President who once boasted about sexually assaulting women, paid $25 million to settle a case involving claims of fraud against his phony university, encouraged a foreign government to criminally infiltrate the email account of his opponent, ordered the separation of undocumented immigrants from their children, ordered those small children to be held in cages, a man who illegally funneled money to a porn star in order to force her to remain silent about their sexual relationship, spoke about white supremacists as “good people,” and, among other things, instituted an unconstitutional ban on Muslims seeking to travel to the United States, Landry inadvertently proved his comically wrong and vapid understanding of the law.

Jeff Landry currently has fewer than 7,000 followers, a paltry amount for an official who pines for the spotlight as much as he does, but that hardly mattered. His tweet is so riddled with basic errors about the judicial process, including the differences between a court case and an investigatory report, that he quickly generated nearly 20,000 people, including a number of celebrities, responding to point out the obvious: Landry’s comment reflects an embarrassing ignorance of his own profession. Thousands asked a variation of the same question: How are you a lawyer?

And my personal favorite:

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.