Martin Shkreli Smirks And Invokes The Fifth Amendment In Front Of Congress

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02.04.16 16 Comments

After revealing that he’s a huge Chappelle’s Show fan on The Breakfast Club, pharma bro Martin Shkreli brought a skit to life by repeatedly pleading the Fifth Amendment in front of a subcommittee of U.S. House of Representatives. Shkreli was called to testify before the committee on drug price hikes due to his involvement with Turing Pharmaceuticals and the exorbitant increase he instituted on the drug Daraprim.

While congressmen repeatedly disparaged Shkreli in their line of questioning and accused him of running a “Ponzi-like scheme,” Shkreli smirked and invoked his right to not testify and incriminate himself. He spent much of the hearing refusing to make eye contact with representatives and only stopped his stonewalling once, to give the correct pronunciation of his name.

Shkreli even refused to talk about his purchase of the Wu-Tang Clan’s $2 million album, something he boasted about in an interview with radio show The Breakfast Club earlier in the day.

The former CEO was much less tight-lipped after the hearing ended, however. He took to Twitter to blast the representatives who steadfastly tried to glean information from him.

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