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article imageWhite House Party Crashers to Invoke 5th Amendment

By Michael Bearak     Dec 8, 2009 in Politics
The couple that has gained instant press for their ability to crash a White House dinner party on November 24th are now facing federal subpoenas to appear before the Homeland Security Committee.
The Homeland Security Committee is preparing to take a vote as to whether or not to subpoena Mr. and Mrs. Salahi to appear before them to answer questions regarding how they gained access to a White House dinner party despite not being on the guest list. In preparation for that vote CNN is reporting that their lawyer has sent a letter to the committee spelling out that his clients would invoke their constitutional right to take the fifth in order to protect themselves from self-incrimination.
In his letter Stephen Best, the couples attorney, is quoted as saying, "The Salahis must contend not only with vilification by the press, but also with a treacherous legal environment that threatens criminal exposure."
The letter went on to state how the couple fully cooperated with the Secret Service's investigation. Furthermore they provided e-mails, documentation, and phone records with a White House representative for the investigation.
Best feels that by having the Salahis there it would only be a media spectacle. He continued that all they would do is take the 5th as they are constitutionally allowed to do and that the efforts of the committee would result in no additional new information.
Their attorney also said that the couple has been subject to public attacks from some members of Congress.
District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, is quoted in the letter as calling the Salahis "practiced con-artists who bamboozled the Secret Service and perhaps others as they conned their way past all required gate keepers. ... Clearly they were outlaws before they crashed the White House."
The letter also said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, called the Salahis "the perpetrators."
The couple was invited on December 3rd to attend a hearing wtih the Homeland Security Committee, but declined to attend then as well.
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