Former Turing Pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli seemed to enjoy the spotlight at yesterday's hearing on Capitol Hill, but he exercised his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer questions posed by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT): Mr. Shkreli, you did not provide the committee any written testimony. Do you wish to make an opening statement?
Martin Shkreli: On the advice of counsel, I will not be giving an opening statement.
Rep. Chaffetz: I wanna ask you a few questions. What do you say to that single, pregnant woman who might have AIDS, no income, and she needs Daraprim in order to survive? What do you say to say to her when she has to make that choice? What do you say to her?
Shkreli: On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and respectfully decline to answer your question.
Rep. Chaffetz: Do you think you've done anything wrong?
Shkreli: On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self incrimination, and respectfully decline to answer your question.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC): Thank you Mr. Chairman. Is it pronounced 'Shh-Kreli?'
Shkreli: Yes, sir.
Rep. Gowdy: See there, you can answer some questions. That one didn't incriminate you. I just want to make sure you understand that you are welcome to answer questions and not all your answers are going to subject you to incrimination. You understand that, don't you?
Shkreli: I intend to follow the advice of my counsel, not yours.
Rep. Gowdy: Do you also understand that you can waive your Fifth Amendment right? You gave an interview to a television station in New York where, if I understood you correctly, you couldn’t wait to come educate the members of Congress on drug pricing. And this would be a great opportunity to do it. So do you understand you can waive your Fifth Amendment right.
Shkreli: On the advice of counsel, I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question.