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FLASHBACK: Nine Obama Administration Officials Who Pled the Fifth to Congress

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn announced his intention to invoke his Fifth Amendment right. Nine Obama administration officials have done the same.

Obama in 2017

Democrats are likely to see former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s plan to invoke his Fifth Amendment right as an admission of guilt, but they should remember that nine different Obama administration officials pled the Fifth Amendment during President Obama’s time in office.

Flynn’s lawyers sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday that informed the committee of Flynn’s intention to invoke his Fifth Amendment right and refuse to testify in front of the committee regarding his connection to Russian officials.

Nine Obama administration officials also invoked the Fifth Amendment. Here’s a list in case you forgot:

Who can forget about IRS Director, Lois Lerner who pled the Fifth Amendment twice over allegations that the IRS had “targeted conservative nonprofit groups for additional scrutiny of their applications for tax-exempt status.”

The first time Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment was in May 2013, while appearing before the Senate Finance Committee. The second time Lerner pled the Fifth Amendment was in March 2014 while appearing before the House Oversight Committee.

In April 2012, General Services Administration (GSA)’s Jeffrey Neely invoked his Fifth Amendment right when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called Neely to testify about improper spending.

Neely also invoked his Fifth Amendment right after photos emerged of Neely sitting in a bathtub with wine at GSA’s Western Regions Conference in 2010 in Las Vegas, which spent $822,000 in taxpayer money.

Patrick Cunningham, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, invoked his Fifth Amendment in January 2012 in connection with the Fast and Furious scandal.

Deputy Director of the IRS Greg Roseman pled the Fifth in January 2013, after Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) started asking Roseman about “panel findings that he helped a friend procure potentially $500 million worth of IRS contracts.”

Then there is the former State Department Employee Bryan Pagliano, who famously invoked his Fifth Amendment right over his involvement in setting up Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server in September 2015.

Former Department of Veterans Affairs officials John Sepulveda, Diana Rubens, and Kimberly Graves, as well as former Environmental Protection Agency official John Beale, all invoked their Fifth Amendment rights as well.