In 2002, Jeffrey Skilling was getting grilled by Congress. The then-CEO of the embattled Enron Corp. struggled to answer senators’ queries about the financial chaos that led to the downfall of the Houston-based energy giant. Exasperated by the detailed questions, he told one senator: “I’m not an accountant.”

It was a bad answer then — Skilling later went to prison for his part in the accounting scandal — and it would not go over any better with authorities today.

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