Thursday, May 14, 2009

Nanci Pelosi calls CIA liars

Speaker Pelosi attacked the CIA as liars in her press conference today.

Republicans respond the Pelosi is not credible.
"It's hard for me to imagine anyone in our intelligence area would ever mislead a member of Congress," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said at his weekly news conference. "They come to the Hill to brief us because they're required to under the law. I don't know what motivation they would have to mislead anyone."

The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., told FOX News that Pelosi's accusation against the CIA is "not credible."

"I am afraid she has disremembered what she went through," he said. "We have had not only the records from the CIA but the contemporaries who were there with her had other views on it, so I am afraid that this is not a credible explanation."

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the ranking member on the House Intelligence committee has already submitted a request for the briefing documents Pelosi requested today. Like Perino, he was less than impressed by Pelosi's responses today.

"This is Version 5.0 from Nancy on what happened in that Sept. meeting -- I'm not sure what today's explanation means," Hoekstra told my colleague Alex Isenstadt. "I believe that information should be released. Ive called for it to be released."

On Pelosi's claim she was lied to, he replied, "That's a very, very serious charge. If you're the Speaker of the House and you say you were lied to on a national security issue, that's a serious charge."

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