White House Party-Crashers Take the Fifth

Congressmen chide Salahis for professing support for Secret Service
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi wait to testify on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
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(Newser) – Alleged White House gate-crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi said little to a House panel today, repeatedly invoking their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination. The couple took the Fifth a combined total of 30 times as they refused to cooperate with the security committee's investigation into the Secret Service lapse that allowed their entry into President Obama's first state dinner.

The Salahis also invoked the anger of many congressmen with their opening statement, in which Tareq expressed great respect for the Secret Service, reports ABC News. "I was going to sit here and remain silent, until I heard that," said Rep. Daniel Lungren.

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