Maryland lawmakers who are investigating a six-figure payout that Gov. Larry Hogan’s former chief of staff, Roy McGrath, received from his prior state job got few answers from one of McGrath’s key lieutenants Thursday.
Over the course of 2½ hours of questioning, Matthew Sherring invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination more than 150 times. Sherring did not answer any questions about what he knew of the package worth more than $238,000 that McGrath negotiated when he left the Maryland Environmental Service to join Hogan’s team June 1.
Sherring also wouldn’t answer questions about how he got his job alongside McGrath at the environmental service, what he did there or why he spent $91,000 in expenses on 55 trips in just over three years.
“On the advice of counsel, and pursuant to my constitutional rights, I respectfully decline to answer that question,” Sherring said repeatedly during the video hearing, which he attended from his lawyer’s office in Towson.