The he-said he-said between Virginia Senator Jim Webb and his Executive Assistant Phillip Thompson gets weirder and weirder.
After being arrested on Monday for trying to bring a gun and extra ammunition into the Russell Senate Office Building, Mr. Thompson reportedly claimed that the weapon and ammo belonged to his boss, who had given them to him just before flying out of town.
Sen. Webb expressed his support for Mr. Thompson, who spent his 45th birthday in jail because of the matter, but declined to acknowledge whether or not the gun belongs to him.
“We had three cars on Friday that were being moved about because of my trip, and that is probably a reason that this inadvertent situation developed,” Webb blathered. Oh, yeah, three cars = concealed gun carried into a Senate building. Of course.
However, Webb insisted, “I have never carried a gun in the Capitol complex, and I did not give the weapon to Phillip Thompson, and that’s all that I think I’ll say.”
Asked whether he thinks he’s above D.C.’s restrictive gun laws, Webb gave another of his clumsy non-answers: “I’m not going to comment on any level in terms of how I provide for my own security.”
A number of questions, beyond whether Webb considers himself to be above the law, remain to be answered. Among them: Does Sen. Webb know whether or not it was his gun? Why was Mr. Thompson in possession of it? Does Sen. Webb not keep careful track of where his weapons are? Why is Sen. Webb verbally expressing support for his aide while contradicting his story? Why won’t he answer these questions? What is he hiding?
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