Saturday, 14 April 2012


Ken Berwitz

Suppose you are the President of the United States, and the head of the General Services Administration has just created a major embarrassment for you, by spending at least $822,000 of the taxpayers' money on a lavish Las Vegas boondoggle. 

And suppose, when the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee calls on him to explain his actions, he tells them that he is going to plead the fifth amendment -- i.e. he won't answer questions because they might tend to incriminate him.

What do you do?  Do you go on your merry way, or do you tell that arrogant punk he either testifies or is immediately fired?

Excerpted from Burgess Everett's article at

The General Services Administration official tasked with organizing a now-infamous $822,000 Las Vegas conference plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights ahead of a scheduled Monday grilling on the Hill.

On Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) served a subpoena to require Jeff Neely to appear before the committee, according to Democratic committee documents obtained by POLITICO. Neelys attorney on Friday informed the committee Neely will exercise his right against self-incrimination and requested not to attend the hearing.

 Requiring Mr. Neely to travel from California to appear before the Committee when you have been advised that he will not answer any substantive questions posed to him does not advance any legitimate Committee purpose, the attorney wrote, according to the documents.

jeff neely won't testify because his answers could be self-incriminating?  And his lawyer makes a snivelling, arrogant statement that, since he will refuse to answer questions because it might land him in the clink, the committee has no legitimate reason to ask them in the first place?

neely should be summarily fired. Today. 

Maybe our wonderful "neutral" media would like to take time out from its primary function of preserving and protecting Barack Obama, to demand it.

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