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

By Pete Winn | May 22, 2009 | 2:30 PM EDT

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

Washington (CNSNews.com) -- 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.
 
CNSNews.com’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: CNSNews.com Senior Writer Penny Starr and Correspondent Edwin Mora contributed to this story.