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Shkreli’s Lawyer: Congress Tried to Humiliate Him

Shkreli (left) stands with Brafman (right) at last week's House Oversight and Government Reform hearing. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Benjamin Brafman, the criminal defense attorney for former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, is claiming the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's reason for compelling his client to testify last week was to humiliate him.  

Brafman gave the committee advance knowledge that if Shkreli appeared before them, he would invoke the Fifth Amendment, he wrote in the New York Law Journal on Wednesday.  

Martin Shkreli Invokes Attitude -- and the Fifth

Shkreli laughs during his appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Martin Shkreli giggled and smiled his way through his testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday and at times seemed distracted. And members of the committee called him out on it.  

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Shkreli, “Do you think you’ve done anything wrong?” Shkreli giggled.  

Will Shkreli Show Up?

Shkreli leaves federal court in New York after getting bail on Dec. 17. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite his dismissive tweets in answer to a subpoena, House Oversight and Government Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said he expects notorious pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli to testify on Capitol Hill on Thursday in arguably the most-hyped hearing so far in 2016.  

The House Oversight and Government Committee hearing, titled “Developments in the Prescription Drug Market,” was rescheduled from Jan. 26 due to Winter Storm Jonas clean-up in Washington.  

Martin Shkreli Trolls Congress About Subpoenas

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hopes to see Shkreli next week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former pharmaceuticals executive Martin Shkreli is poking back at House Oversight and Government Reform Committee ranking member Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., regarding a committee subpoena to testify on Jan. 26. “Mr. Shkreli was subpoenaed to appear before Congress, and it is his responsibility to take reasonable steps to comply. If he plans on trying to use his own intentional inaction as some kind of bogus excuse for not showing up at Tuesday’s hearing, people will see right through such a juvenile tactic.  I hope he reconsiders his current course and avoids any additional legal action against him,” Cummings said in a statement.  

Shrekli asked Cummings on Wednesday for his opinion on appearing before the committee after tweeting about receiving the subpoena. Following Cummings’ response, Shrekli tweeted that what he said was “disgusting” and “insulting.”

Martin Shkreli Subpoenaed to Testify Next Week

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will welcome Shkreli next week (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Former pharmaceuticals executive and hedge fund honcho Martin Shkreli has been ordered to testify on Capitol Hill next week.  

The 32-year-old notoriously flamboyant tweeter shared a subpoena requesting his testimony on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.