May 15th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi responds to Panetta comments

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded Friday to CIA Director Leon Panetta's public disagreement with her charge that she was misled by the agency on the use of waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques.

"We all share great respect for the dedicated men and women of the intelligence community who are deeply committed to the safety and security of the American people," she said in a statement issued by her office. "My criticism of the manner in which the Bush Administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe.

"What is important now is to be united in our commitment to ensuring the security of our country; that, and how Congress exercises its oversight responsibilities, will continue to be my focus as we move forward."


Filed under: Leon Panetta • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Herb Gray

    Pelosi, Boehner, McConnell and Reid, the Congressional leaders of both parties are all hacks who occupy their positions for only two reasons, seniority and/or skill at political infighting. None of the four is able to make a decent presentation to the American people. They are easily as poor a set of leaders as we've seen in a long time. Something needs to be done to change the selection of leaders.

    May 15, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  2. Ron

    Hey Steve of NY...

    What a classic comment. You are now blaming the Republicans for the rise of Speaker Pelosi. What is it with you Democrats? Face it. You've got a liar, antagonist, and deeply polarizing politician as the number three in line for the Presidency. What the Democrats do about her will speak volumes. My guess is that they will not challenge her, but rather find a way to blame Bush, just like she is trying to do now.

    Think about it. The Speaker of the House didn't want to do anything about torture because she wanted to get more Democrats elected. Those were HER words. Deal with it!!!

    May 15, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Dyan

    Why don't we let the whole truth come out? Witnesses, subponeas, documents, picures, video, visitor logs, personal journals...... the whole she-bang. AND we'll also see who committed war crimes and who didn't. Isn't that far more important than this 'he said/she said' nonsense?

    May 15, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Mel of Alexandria

    We should refrain from passing judgment on Speaker Pelosi, before we read what she read about the CIA actions. Were there minutes kept at the hearing? What was recorded? If the briefings were just verbal, it is conceivable that a Dick Cheney operative could have said it in a way as to hide the full implication. In the culture at the time, the Dick was having his way on every front. It seemed to have been a sinister operation that was bent on hiding the truth from the American people. If the briefings were not given in writing, no one can tell Ms Pelosi what she heard.

    May 15, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. Imarriedmy sister in Mississippi

    She believed them when they said she would never be found out as long as she didnt whine for an impeachment.haha.You cant trust a repuke.

    May 15, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Regarding the brain transplant comment, it reminds me of the second G.W. election–supporting a proven liar. Who did yuou vote for?

    If you honestly have a problem with people who support a proven liar, at least have the integrity to admit that you have a problem with people who supported Bush. Or, would this hit too close to home.

    I don't think that she is a PROVEN liar. It may turn out that she is a liar, but, would it surprise anyone to discover that the CIA was the liar. Surely it would not surpeise anyone that the former administratiion was the liar.

    May 15, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Kim

    joan k brand-landkamer, who do you think is pulling the strings on this fiasco? Anyone paying attention knows full well it's the Clinton's. Wake the heck up, joan! Penetta is Clinton's former COS and now is an Obama appointee.

    Good grief, read a little before you spout.

    May 15, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  8. Matt

    Pelosi you liar pack your bags now because you are on your way out. I wonder what will last longer the gallon of milk in my fridge or Pelosi's career. My money is on the gallon of milk.

    May 15, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. MK

    To the people who live in Pelosi's district, please pay close attention and vote her out when she runs again. Quit saddling our country with the likes of another liar. She knew, she did nothing, she is just as wrong as Bush and his ilk. Get rid of her!

    May 15, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. arithmetic is liberal

    Hart May 15th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

    Interesting how Pelosi keeps changing her story, I thnk she has five or six versions now.

    Hey look! A direct quote straight from today's Rush Limbaugh Show, said at 12:20 pm EST. Yes, I'm keeping tabs.

    May 15, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Kate in SW Fla

    I can not believe that Republicans want to "investigate" Nancy Pelosi. Oh the outrage, how could she doubt the CIA? Oh please, even Bush said that he got "faulty" intelligence – it was not HIS fault we went to war in Iraq over a lie. No, no, it was the freakin' CIA's fault!!!!
    Also, now we hear that Dick Cheney wanted continued torture to try and prove the connection between Iraq and 9/11. This is the guy who outed a CIA agent, then this chicken hawk Mr. 5 time deferment let someone else take the fall, being too cowardly to even fess up to it.
    And they want to investigate Nancy Pelosi? She is a saint compared to that punk!

    May 15, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. John Kerry

    It is clear that she voted for waterboarding before she voted against it.

    May 15, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Open your eyes

    Question: Why the Obama administration will be one term administration?
    Answer: Because of the incompetence of the Democrat party.
    Question: Are the Republicans better politicians?
    Answer: No they are hopeless.
    Question: Who cares more about the American people?
    Answer: Politicians cares only about power, people doesn’t count.

    May 15, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. mark

    Obama is setting Pelosi up for the fall. He knows she is incompetent and a detriment to his administration. It won't be long..Good bye and good riddence to her messed up liberal ideals.

    May 15, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. arithmetic is liberal

    My absolute favorite little tidbit about all this is how mentioning Pelosi's name gets the right wing radio crowd riled up enough to insist on investigate torture memos.

    Bubbalicans have a serious irony deficiency.

    May 15, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  16. Joan , Ontario

    Who misled the Congress, American people and even Colin Powell during the lead-up to the Iraq war? Who gave incorrect information about WMD and the real reasons for going into Iraq? You were all hoodwinked by the last administration and some of its agencies.
    Many of you are still being manipulated now. They want you to focus on Nancy Pelosi instead of the real issue which is who planned and ordered the tortures. She did not say that they lied to her. She said they misled the Congress. That can be done by withholding some aspects of the truth or even vaguely twisting some facts. Unfortunately many journalists would rather pick at scabs than look for the real cause of the wounds beneath.

    May 15, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. real torture criminals stay but

    pelosi who only heard about it has to go?

    one can never over-estimate the intelligence of the american people.

    May 15, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. DEPORTER

    Joan, we're talking about Pelosi and Panetta here.

    May 15, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. dave-texas

    It is time to give Nancy Pelosi his credit.........

    This woman has been disrespected by republicans and their power. I hope she will be happy to have a democrat President!

    May 15, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. WH

    Nobody can believe anything coming out of the ex-Bush administation or their officials. They were secretive about everything they did. You honestly think they let the democrats in on what they were really doing. Give me a break. They're just riding on this story with the media because they try to hold on to anything they can to continue to try to distract from what we should be doing. We have lots of leftover problems to solve. Now they're trying to blame their torture techniques on Pelosi as if she signed the order. It is a witch hunt. They probably burned the truth.

    May 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Hopeful Optimist

    Lifelong liberal Dem here. I say she's gotta go, even if not lying. Cuz right now we need to give every appearance that everything about us is lily pure. We're on a roll right now, and the repubs are lookin' for anything so they can say GOTCHA. And if they can find one chink in the armor they'll move in for the kill. Thats the kind of people they are. So Nancy, you gotta take one for the team and fall on your sword, guilty or not.

    May 15, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. tee

    So what if she knew about the torture. She couldn't do anything about it. Bush on the other hand, could have done something about it. This is a dead issue a distraction, something the rethugs are good at.

    May 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. Career serviceman

    Everyone, Democrats and Republicans, knows Peolosi can't be trusted. If it was a Republican Speaker of the House lying and changing their story as Nazi Pelosi continues to do, there would have been an investigation immediately! So much for transparency; I guess it only applies to Republicans. Pelosi changes her stories, the White House changes their positions on various subjects such as release of photos, or resuming trials at Gitmo.

    Well, you Democrats voted for change: you got it! You just didn't know that the change would be continuous. Not only that, those positions taken by the White House are moving more towards the previous administration. How 'bout that.

    May 15, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Obama is a Mistake

    Pelosi is not just a bad liar, she is an anti-American liar.

    May 15, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Zion

    Pelosi will survive. Why? Too many hands are in this both Republicans and Democrats alike. Guess what, this will go away.

    May 15, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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