Martin Shkreli Appears Before Congress to Smirk and Stay Silent
Surely, you remember Martin Shkreli for gauging the price of a life-saving pill 5500%. You probably remember him buying the only existing copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album, then getting really combative about it. You also probably remember him being arrested for securities fraud.
The founder and former executive of Touring Pharmaceuticals appeared before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss his price-gauging practices, but he didn’t really discuss much.
No matter what question was asked of him, he responded with something similar to, “On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question.”
Representative Elijah Cummings got angry with the display, telling Shkreli he should be using his fame to become a patients’ advocate before adding, “I know you’re smiling, but I’m very serious, sir.”
Shkreli ultimately refused to answer about ten times, which ultimately got him booted from the hearing altogether, according to The Daily News. Once free, he made up for lost time by spouting out some insults.
Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 4, 2016
Maybe he insulted the government because he’s still bitter Bernie Sanders didn’t accept his application to become a campaign intern.
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