Martin Shkreli, the embattled former pharmaceutical executive (who’s also been arrested for fraud) took the 5th at a Congressional Oversight Committee hearing on drug pricing:

However, Shkreli did NOT take the 5th on Twitter:

Many thought it was an unwise move:

Shkreli invoked the 5th Amendment to every — and we mean every — question:



‘I am now a god’: ‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli’s verified Twitter account hacked

  • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    So, saying that the Congress is full of imbecilic a$$holes isn’t protected? He’s no longer in front of Congress, and no longer under oath!

    It’s called the FIRST Amendment for a reason…

    • Paladin

      Wouldn’t he be OBLIGED to say that Congress is full of imbecilic a$$holes is he was still under oath?

      • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        No, because the second you answer ANY question under oath, you’ve abrogated your ability to block any further questions. Even if they ask you your name, the time of day, anything.

        • journogal

          But that didn’t work for Lois Lerner. She took the 5th, and then gave a statement, which was strange…and acceptable to Democrats on the committee.

          • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            Ah, but you forget the wondrous powers of the Magical Mystery “D” after her name…

          • journogal

            Wonder if this slime donated to either Clinton or Sanders?

          • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            Clinton, apparently…

          • LucienCordier
          • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            I stand corrected.

          • goolia

            He handed it over? That was decent of him

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            I thought it was the other way around. Didn’t she make a statement then invoke the fifth?

          • TugboatPhil

            I believe that is correct.

          • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

            Yes, but in that statement she made material claims about her innocence and other items under investigation, and that also nuked her 5th Amendment protection. They just let it slide…

          • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

            That’s the way I remember it too.

          • HiltonHead_Dude

            In the case of Lois Lerner, it’s actually worse.She took the fifth, and made a statement of her innocence. This man took the fifth, then went to twitter to call Congress imbeciles.

            I’m pretty sure that a majority of Americans have called Congress that, regardless of party affiliation.

          • ejochs

            And Republicans. He can say what he wants about Congress. They are not kings.

          • stever777

            That is true, but he is a maggot of enormous proportions,

          • Mark81150 school of the Duke

            it wasn’t that he insulted Congress.. we ALL do that, without exception… it was that he made comments directly at them after taking the 5th ..
            envoking the Democrat Immunity Clause… which reads..
            [On taking ythe 5th.. you must NEVER make a remark pertaining to the case you were testifying to…. or you foreit the right to the 5th… There is no.. But I can say any damn thing about it I want in public while everybody else has to clam up or I’ll scream about them prejudging my case… rule
            except for democrats,.. democrat donors..]

            no legal rule or law ever applies to them of course..only republicans can ever be held to a standard.
            it’s the hypocrisy run amuck that makes us comment.. nobody here is trying to deify Congress…

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      A case might be made for libel.

    • The Marathon Man

      Until the Committee specifically states you’re no longer under oath or until it officially adjourns, the oath carries forward. Thus, so does the invocation of 5th Amendment rights.

      • Mark81150 school of the Duke

        so any time he addresses the testimony.. he’s forfeiting his right to claim the 5th then.. correct?
        oh…. I LIKE that rule…….
        also.. if you happen to call others imbeciles.. it helps your case immensely if you aren’t acting the perfect imbecile yourself….
        I expect he’ll have to find new legal council soon, lawyers tend to resign from a case where their client ignores their advice and damages his own case.

    • etg

      Why is it Congress’s business as to why a company hikes prices on their products? Supply and demand.

  • BlahBlah

    This dude is so repulsive, if I were him I wouldn’t go out alone at night. Someone will get him.

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      He’s so slimy I doubt a dog would bite him.

    • Penny✓ItsSoFluffy! #GoBolts!

      “Douchebag” doesn’t even begin to describe how loathsome that turd is.

    • MoxieLouise1

      No kidding. I’ve never seen ANYONE testify at a Congressional hearing with such a flippant attitude. Is he going to claim affluenza defense??

  • MommaSweenDog

    Anything you say, can and will be used in a court of law. Miranda.

    • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

      Well, he expressed a factual statement, and I’m pretty sure there’s ample evidence to support it…

      • Mark81150 school of the Duke

        But Doc.. isn’t the point that he may well have said other things about his testimony which might forfeit his claims to the 5th?
        I’d imagine they’re scouring his twitter stream since he was sworn in…
        If they can find something explicit.. this little sneer won’t be on the list.. unless they want to simply hold him in contempt of Congress…
        Not our fault as was pointed out by an attorney.. he’s still technically under oath unless they have concluded the hearings on him..
        If that is the case.. anyone with a shred of sense could tell him.. NEVER piss off the judge/reps holding the hearing.. my nephew recently had a hearing.. and shot his mouth off to the judge…
        and got thoroughly reamed by the judge getting a much harsher outcome than his lawyer expected…..

        when a technicality breaks in favor of the people… it’s very nice.. but it rarely happens.. unless the scumbag under oath is a simpering nitwit..
        edited to add another thought../ also.. said nephew was in a civil hearing,.. not criminal..

        • Doc Farmer✔ᶜᵒᵛᶠᵉᶠᵉ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

          They dismissed him. Anything he said after that was fair game.

  • kennyraisin

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Congress was completely ineffective, the president was a moron, his wife was shrill, the aides were incompetent, and the press was a joke. But enough about real life…

    • Jim

      “I want the American people to know that we still have two out of three branches of government, and that ain’t bad.”

      • kennyraisin

        What an awesome movie. My wife gets pissed after I watch it because for a day or two every time she asks me a question I respond with “Ack! Aack ack ack!

  • kennyraisin
  • CrystalDawn0603

    What a smug scumbag.


    The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which relatively unskilled persons suffer illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than it really is. Dunning and Kruger attributed this bias to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their own ineptitude and evaluate their own ability accurately. Their research also suggests corollaries: highly skilled individuals may underestimate their relative competence and may erroneously assume that tasks which are easy for them are also easy for others.

    • Suzyqpie

      Excellent, another possibility, some people are just dumb asses. They are.

      • MoxieLouise1


  • Evie1949

    We do have anti-gouging laws but, in general, businesses are allowed to set the price based upon economics and profits. If he bought the rights he can charge what he wants, being a bad person isn’t a crime. I’m not defending this creep but, free enterprise should be free.

  • CrushAllDems

    “I’ve been hacked!”

    Why not? It seems to work for every liberal…

    • Suzyqpie

      Uh, that didn’t work out that well for Anthony Weiner…….

      • Carolyn#OYSD

        Well, when you lay your unit out there for everyone to see, eventually someone is going to recognize it.

        • alanstorm


          Brain bleach, stat!

  • Suzyqpie

    There is an article on thehill about this guy. A comment –
    “If I had a son he would be Martin Shkreli,” quote Hillary. Haha

  • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

    That happy moment when the FBI comes calling… I can only dream Hillary is next.

  • Andy Rigo ✓ᵗᵉʳʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Have you never seen a more punchable face?

    • Ms.rainman

      more punchable than Obama and that’s hard to imagine.

    • DevilDocNowCiv

      yes, Andy, many. You, I and Marc are not at all unusual in wanting to hurt someone who offends you. Happily, we have a less violent system (most of the time, for most offenders) now than we did in “the good old days.” Happily, because I know conclusively that I have pissed off many who have authority and bucks.

    • Rogue Cheddar

      Why is everybody pointing at me?

  • Marc Andelman

    In the old days, someone would simply throw this guy off a boat in cement overshows. A fine collection of charter boats to rent in Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, and Key West is

  • Hannah Abbott

    I don’t know a thing about this guy, Martin Shkreli, but his tweet was spot on. . .

  • gekkobear

    I’m reminded of a story…

    “… at that point, I had the right to remain silent.
    But I didn’t have the ability.”

    • Rogue Cheddar

      I love that bit.

  • JenniferP

    Embicilic a$$ hole….I see three fingers pointing at his chest! Hard to believe you actually were able to own and run a company, even if it was for just a few months.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

  • ricoliv

    I’m sure the arrogant little shit meant his insults “in the nicest way,” now that his mouthpiece has assured everyone that there was “no disrespect” intended. Still, I would like to plant my fist in his smirking face– no disrespect intended, of course.

  • miscast

    His opinion on just about ANYTHING else wont hurt him a bit its actually against the law to take the 5th then make any public statements on the very subject you refused to answer questions about.. That applys to Congress, or any Judge as well.

    • Chuck Vipperman

      That’s what I thought about Lois Lerner, but she found a way to avoid prosecution. 🙁

  • Chuck Vipperman

    He’s done absolutely nothing illegal, and his take on Congress is spot-on. But pride proceedeth a fall. Karma will have her way with him. Patience, grasshoppers.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    Send the little snot to Singapore to be caned, that’ll settle his hash. Other than that, I have no strong feelings either way.

  • Skirtandzy

    I love the people losing their shit over him.
    Dude is a Grade-A asshole, but this is no different than what people like Lerner and Clinton have pulled, so it is hilarious to watch people grasping at straws when you compare the two.


    He was an obnoxious little shit, but i actually agree with him, insulting congress!