Pelosi: ‘I Don’t Have Anything to Say’ About Whether CIA Officials Who She Says Misled Congress Should be Prosecuted

May 22, 2009 - 2:30 PM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to answer any questions about her assertion that the CIA misled her in 2002 about the agency's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques." 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at a Capitol Hill news conference, May 22, 2009. ( Photo/Penny Starr)

Washington ( -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to say Friday whether she thought members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who she said gave her "inaccurate" information and misled her in a Septebmber 2002 briefing about “enhanced interrogation techniques” should be prosecuted.
“I have made the statements that I’m going to make on this,” Pelosi told a standing-room only crowd of reporters who were at the U.S. Capitol for her weekly news conference.
“I don’t have anything more to say about it. I stand by my comments.”
Pelosi refused to answer any questions about her assertion last Thursday that the CIA misled her in a September 2002 briefing about the agency’s use of “enhanced interrogation techniques”--including waterboarding--against suspected al-Qaeda terrorists.
Pelosi cut off one reporter’s question asking about House Republican Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) call for Pelosi to either produce evidence that she was misled by the CIA--or to apologize.
“What we are doing is staying on our course and not (being) distracted from it. We’ll move forward in a bipartisan way for jobs, healthcare, energy for our country,” Pelosi said, “and on the subject that you asked I’ve made the statement that I’m going to make. I don’t have anything to say.’s question--“Should the CIA officers be prosecuted?”--got the same emphatic response.
“I don’t have anything more to say about it,” Pelosi said.
However, the Speaker, flanked by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and her two assistants -- Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) -- talked at length about the accomplishments of House Democrats, including yesterday’s passage of the so-called “cap-and-trade” bill by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and her upcoming trip to China. 

The Speaker's slience was especially notable in light of action Thursday, when Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) introduced a resolution calling for an investigation of Pelosi in connection with the matter. The resolution was tabled.  
EDITOR’S NOTE: Senior Writer Penny Starr and Correspondent Edwin Mora contributed to this story.