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Salahis will plead the Fifth if subpoenaed, lawyer says

If Congress decides to subpoena the Salahis, the alleged White House crashers will plead the Fifth, their lawyer has said.

The House Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday whether to compel the controversial couple to testify as part of the investigation into security lapses at the White House.

But in a letter to the committee, attorney Stephen Best wrote that the Salahis will invoke their constitutional privileges against self-incrimination.

Best cited examples of statements made by committee members that he argued show "premature conclusions about the matter" -- specifically D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's assessment that the Salahis are "practiced con artists who bamboozled the Secret Service," and a committee counsel who he said called them a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2009; 7:11 PM ET
Categories:  White House crashers  
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The Salahis are a blight upon this nation. They should have not only the book thrown at them but also a ton of bricks. Those two bungholes are going to cost the secret service agents their jobs. What a bunch of stupid and ignorant white thrash. Yuck!!!!!

Posted by: Henry_of_BrowardCounty | December 8, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Someone should ask the Salahis, "Have you no sense of decency? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 8, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes sir, What happen to Mr. Salahi saying he would explain everything and they had been invited. Sounds like he is a yellow bellied coward unwilling to back up his fancy words.

Posted by: rcates | December 8, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

"Salahis will plead the Fifth if subpoenaed, lawyer says...."

As good ol' Gomer Pyle would say: "Surprise, surprise, surprise!"

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 8, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Immunize the Salahis, they are not going to jail anyway.

The person I would like to see asked questions is Michele Jones. She was the one sending the e-mails to the Salahis and who supposedly made the phone call to them on November 24th telling them not to go.

The next day she returned the Salahis e-mail telling her they had such a good time at the party. Ms. Jones wrote "You are most welcome! I here the smile in your email and am delighted that you and Michaele had a wonderful time."

If she called the day before to tell them not to go because they were not on the list, why didn't she ask "how did you get in?" or "why did you go after I told you not to?" It seems she knew that they went to the reception and knew they had been allowed in. Who did she think signed them in? And if she didn't know, why didn't she ask who it was?

Posted by: tomhamand | December 9, 2009 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Fine the heck out of them! I'd say $50,000is a good start, and then 200 hours of community service. If not done? 18 months in prison should teach these two nobodys a lesson. Our Nation is so full of losers. If it were not for reality TV? Many folks of no interest would never be known. How sad for those losers.

I'm so sick of the way many people who are full of themselves behave. I've seen toddlers behave better.

Posted by: sheilahowison | December 9, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the Secret Service agents who were suspended lost their jobs because they were not effective. The show biz shams only brought that out. I think a 2 year sentence plus a court imposed silence for 10 years would be fair for the Salahis is right

Posted by: tribute1 | December 9, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Did you know the Salahis APC was funded by Blackwater?

Why have the links between Erik Prince and the Salhis not been investigated.

Posted by: walker1 | December 9, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"If she [Michelle Jones] called the day before to tell them not to go because they were not on the list, why didn't she ask "how did you get in?" or "why did you go after I told you not to?" It seems she knew that they went to the reception and knew they had been allowed in. Who did she think signed them in? And if she didn't know, why didn't she ask who it was?"
Posted by: tomhamand

This has been answered by Jones and in the Salahi's email to her. The email said "we went and were allowed in". Jones said she took that to mean someone else had gotten them tickets or entrance. It seems she did not believe these people would crash a White House party AND actually get in.

But I do wonder where the connection with Jones came from. I suspect it is all part of the Salahi's modus operandi, court the wealthy by pretending to be weathy and in the wealthy class, philanthropers and overall movers and shakers, then call influential people out of the blue to ask for favors. I think Jones was taken in by these people as the White House secret service was, as many contractors were, the Redskin cheerleaders were, etc. The glass house they built is all crashing down around them now. This is good for anyone else they planned to dupe.

Posted by: Fate1 | December 9, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Guess what they can plead the 5th all they want to because they are basically being destroyed any way. It appears that they are basically hustlers whom have been cheating people and companies out of their money for a while whom don't have a dime to their name and are about to lose what little they don't have.

Oh well I tell you what I know they wish they never crashed the White House now!! Ha Ha

Posted by: msruby36 | December 9, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Take the 5th? Funny. They had no problem telling the "truth" on the Today Show. You know, how they had an invitation and how they would never go anywhere uninvited. LOL!!

Posted by: PepperDr | December 9, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Not the first time the Obama White House has had gatecrashers. The last bunch didn't testify, either.


Posted by: MikeLicht | December 9, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I have mixed emotions on this. Their initial refusal to appear just galled me. At the same time, giving them a forum just adds to their 15 minutes of fame.

I don't see why we need to drag the Salahis before Congress for an explanation on how this happened without also requiring Desiree Rogers to do the same.

As an Obama supporter I'm upset that they let the Secret Service take the bullet on this one when it appears mistakes were made all around. Their refusal to have Rogers testify is further throwing the Secret Service under the bus.

Posted by: twb6yz | December 9, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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