Martin Shkreli, the self-described “heel to the world”, appeared at a federal hearing today to discuss his arrest on charges of securities fraud. If you expected him to be talkative and forthcoming though, we have bad news for you.
Shkreli responded to every single question asked of him with, “On the advice of counsel I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and respectfully decline to answer your question.” That included questions about his decision to raise of the price of AIDS drug Daraprim by over 5000%, what he would say to people who are sick and now can’t afford treatment, and even questions about the infamous one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album that Shkreli purchased for $2 million.
South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy, clearly frustrated with Shkreli’s lack of cooperation, tried to ask if there was anything the 32-year old was willing to talk about — even the Wu-Tang album.
“Is that the name of the group?,” Gowdy asked (clearly not a hip-hop fan).
Shkreli would only reply with,”On the advice of counsel I invoke my Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and respectfully decline to answer your question.”
After being excused from the hearing, Shkreli suddenly had lots to say on Twitter:
Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 4, 2016
He even retweeted them excellent meme, a throwback from The Chappelle Show:
— Laura Eva (@NerdyLaura) February 4, 2016
We’re pretty sure it went down something like this: