Rep. Darrell Issa said never before in his career had a witness at a government hearing refused to testify. But Jeff Neely, former official at the General Services Administration, invoked his fifth amendment right today during a congressional hearing into the agency's use of $800,000 for a Las Vegas conference, the Washington Post reports. An in-house GSA probe has already revealed the lavish spending of taxpayer dollars at the October 2010 conference.
Nothing too "Vegas" reported so far though—just T-shirts, books, and commemorative coins (many of which were made in China, one lawmaker groused). Other former GSA officials did speak at the House Oversight Committee hearing, either regretting "the gall of a handful of people to misuse federal tax dollars" or apologizing for the lateness of another administrator's investigation. Best line of the day goes to Rep. Mike Kelly: “Thank God that what happened in Vegas didn’t stay in Vegas.” Later, the Post revealed GSA letters demanding that three former officials, including Neely, repay more than $5,500 linked to the Vegas scandal. (Read more Darrell Issa stories.)