Philly Inquirer: Pressed on job reassignment, Phila. VA chief takes the Fifth
WASHINGTON - The head of the Philadelphia and Wilmington Veterans Affairs offices repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions Monday night as members of Congress pressed her on an alleged scheme to get herself assigned to the job with less responsibility, the same pay, and a cost to the government of nearly $300,000 in relocation expenses.
Asked about her role in allegedly creating an opening in Philadelphia and filling the vacancy herself, Diana Rubens refused to respond to questions from Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
"Sir, I've been advised by counsel not to answer that question to protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution," Rubens told Miller in her appearance before a committee that has looked into a scandal unfolding since early this year. She used that answer, or a form of it, five times.