Judge Napolitano Reacts to GSA Admin. Jeff Neely Pleading the 5th, Says Conspiracy Charges Could Be in the Cards
As we all know, the GSA is in more than a little hot water for a conference they held in Las Vegas ... that was paid for by America’s dime. Monday, GSA Administrator Jeff Neely took the stand in the House Oversight Committee's hearings on Capitol Hill. He pleaded the Fifth Amendment for every answer asked by Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa.
Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks the type of behavior exhibited by GSA employees and officials could be criminal because it could be abuse of the power vested in them. He said, “It is clearly misuse of taxpayer funds, and there probably may be some conspiracy charges as well depending on who agreed to do what with whom.”
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While Neely may not be the only administrator who had approved trips like this, Napolitano said, “Spending federal dollars on non-government related activities, like these crazy parties and bringing friends and spouses along, is not authorized and not within his [Neely’s] discretion.”
Since no one has found a criminal act here (yet) when it comes to this case, he explained that most lawyers would advise Neely to take the fifth because in doing so, you can’t pick-and-choose which questions you want to answer and which you don't.