Salahis Attend Hearing on Capitol Hill, Invoke Fifth Amendment

Salahis Attend Hearing on Capitol Hill, Invoke Fifth Amendment

There was a barrage of criticism heaped on the Salahis as they were grilled by congressmen about that infamous White House party-crashing.

"You have shown effrontery here," Representative Dan Lungren, R-California told them.

The day began with Tareq Salahi telling the House Homeland Security Committee that he and his wife Michaele had been cooperative in the investigation. But during the grilling that followed, the Salahis both repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment.

When asked if she had ever attended an event at the White House, Michaele said, "On advice of counsel, I respectfully assert my right to remain silent and decline to answer your question."

The Salahis were accused of "stonewalling" and of being "scheming" and "brazen."

"The Constitution protects fools, the Constitution protects stupidity," said Lungren.

The couple, who are under investigation by the FBI, did answer the occasional question. They confirmed that once the criminal process was evaluated and concluded, they would return to testify before the committee about how they entered the White House.

After the hearing, the Salahis stood silently as their attorney fired back. "The Salahis are innocent and have committed no criminal act," he said.