In Their Own Words


— The settlement “shortchanges the taxpayers…The government’s own watchdog said the taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by as much as $1.27 billion over 10 years.”

Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, commenting on the finalized $465 million settlement against Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty L.P related to the anti-allergy device EpiPen.

“It’s lamentable, but it’s predictable.  And no one should be surprised.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Trump’s response to the events in Charlottesville. Read more here

— “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal”

Statement of Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier in his resignation from the President’s American Manufacturing Council.

—  “Lying to people to get them to invest with you is fraud.”

Statement by Jacquelyn Kasulis, a prosecutor in the Martin Shkreli fraud trial, during final statements regarding Shkreli’s actions.


—  “I’m not going to vote for a bill that is terrible policy and horrible politics just because we have to get something done.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina speaking at a news conference before the Senate vote on the stripped-down “skinny” Obamacare repeal bill, calling the bill a “disaster” and a “fraud” (but eventually voting in favor of it after assurances from Paul Ryan).  Click here for more.

— “Health care providers who cheat the system must be held accountable.”

Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Joel Levin commenting on the creation of a new unit within the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago aimed at specifically tackling healthcare fraud.

— “Born and raised in Maine, I was taught to work hard and speak truth to power.”

Department of Interior Whistleblower Joel Clement.

— “Medicare providers have a legal and moral obligation to provide only those services that are medically necessary and to ensure that claims seeking payment accurately reflect the services that are actually provided. The misrepresentation or falsification of those claims not only violates provisions of the False Claims Act but the public’s trust.”

Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General speaking on a recent settlement of False Claims Act allegations. DOJ

— “I love it especially later in the summer.” 

Donald Trump Jr.’s June 3, 2016 response to a Trump business associate’s offer to supply the Trump campaign with dirt on Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian government.

— “We need iron-clad, enforceable protections for whistleblowers, and we need a public record of success stories. When someone becomes a whistleblower, they’re making a serious, conscious decision.”

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) Women’s Brigade chairperson, Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, calling for greater protections for South African whistleblowers. Read more here.