Martin Shkreli Calls Politicians ‘Imbeciles’, Smirks During Hearing

Martin Shkreli Calls Politicians ‘Imbeciles’, Smirks During Hearing
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Martin Shkreli got an earful during a congressional hearing after he smirked his way through the session. Representative Elijah Cummings reprimanded the infamous pharma executive, but it doesn’t seem to matter as Shkreli smirked and yawned at members of the House of Representatives while pleading the fifth. 


Shkreli is no stranger to hate, but it appears he continues to draw more. According to What’s Trending, his name is making waves again, especially after appearing in front of the congress and showing an attitude which registered more on the negative. The executive’s expression throughout the hearing was “infuriatingly smug.”

According to Washington Post, the much-reviled former chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals went to testify in Congress but refused to say anything useful. More interestingly, Shkreli had more to say about the politicians who questioned him.

Representative Cummings did not like how the executive reacted, saying, “It’s not funny, Mr. Shkreli.”

“People are dying and they’re getting sicker.” However, Shkreli continued to seem unfazed even with such words. To this, members of the Congress started trying their hands at almost everything to get the executive talking. At one point, they even asked him to pronounce his name properly. Even the Wu-Tang Clan album got dragged into the discussion.

“We can even talk about the purchase of, is it Wu-Tang Clan? Is that the name of the album, the name of the group?” Mashable quotes Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC).

“On the advice of counsel,” said Shkreli, “I invoke my fifth amendment privilege against self-incrimination and respectfully decline to answer your question.”

Gowdy countered, “Mr. Chairman, I am stunned that a conversation about an album he purchased could possibly subject him to incrimination.”