Chatty White House party crashers turn mum on Capitol Hill

January 21, 2010

The most famous party crashers (hint red sari and tux) who so gaily chatted with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at a swank White House state dinner in November (photos still proudly displayed on Facebook), clammed up when they attended a different event on Capitol Hill Wednesday. SALAHI/

In fact, Tareq and Michaele Salahi were decidedly not engaging in conversation with members of Congress at the  House Homeland Security Committee hearing and basically had only one line for them:

“On advice of counsel I respectfully assert my right to remain silent and decline to answer your question,” he said, and she repeated.

One lawmaker had enough of the one-liners. “Let me ask you a question, were you there?”

When Tareq Salahi started to repeat his refrain, Congressman William Pascrell interrupted with: “Are you here today Mr. Salahi? Are you here right now?”

Salahi looked around with a slight smile as if unsure how to answer that one.

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Michaele Salahi at congressional hearing)

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I plead the fifth.

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