May 20th, 2009
12:04 PM ET
5 years ago

FBI not investigating Pelosi's CIA charge

FBI Director Robert Mueller says the FBI is not investigating Nancy Pelosi's charge that she was misled by the CIA.
FBI Director Robert Mueller says the FBI is not investigating Nancy Pelosi's charge that she was misled by the CIA.

(CNN) - FBI Director Robert Mueller told members of the House Wednesday that it is a crime to lie to Congress, but said the bureau is not investigating the charge by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the CIA misled her.

In response to questions from California Rep. Darrell Issa, ranking Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mueller said procedures require Congress to refer requests for an investigation to the Justice Department. If it is determined by Justice officials that a basis exists for an investigation, the FBI would then be asked to look into the matter. When Issa said he has standing to ask for such an investigation, Mueller said he would pass the request on to the Justice Department.


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soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. jon

    So, Bush lied about the Plame leak. How come nobody said anything about it? Nor did the CIA or FBI?

    May 20, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. WhoCares?

    Republicans more concerned that Pelosi lied than that Torture was taking place in our names.

    Country First!

    May 20, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Jayden,FL

    Good because that would be wasting money!

    May 20, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz,VA

    Lying to Congress is a crime. Well I remember being told by the Bush Adminstration that there was WMD in Iraq. From what I remember, that information came from the CIA. If anyone needs to be investigated, it's 43 and his band of thugs.

    May 20, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Nobody Asked Larry But...

    Why stop with Pelosi? According to reports, there were other Congressmen and women in these meetings – they also were aware of whatever information the Bush administration decided to devulge. How easily can these people sleep at night knowing they, too, were in on not saying anything at the time? Go after them as well.

    May 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. Sweet! the Justice Dept. is still useless

    Sweet recommendation

    The Justice Dept has proven to be useless as a tool to protect the American people from corrupt/criminal politicians and practices, when it comes to illegal wars, torture, murder, and lying to the People of the United States.

    Refer it to the Justice Dept!?.....wonderful, just perfect.

    May 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. James M. Holmes

    Well... More proof that lying is OK if you are a Republican!

    May 20, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Jason

    See ya Nancy. What is good for the Goose is good for the Gander!

    May 20, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Denise

    She needs to resign. I think she is an unqualified & a complete idiot if she thinks we believe her when she said "she didn't know", that's a bunch of BS & she needs to be thrown out already.

    May 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  10. Obama Victim

    the Repubs have done a nice job of diverting attention from the Obama agenda to Pelosi...............his issues of health care, new mileage standards, are getting buried..............if you support Obama, you should want Pelosi to go.............if you support the Republicans you wnat her to stay...........she will be the poster girl for Democrat sleaze in 2010..............the gift that keeps on giving............

    Obama supporters are the ones who should most like her to go...WAKE UP

    May 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  11. Becky in CA

    Dims still blaming Bush for pelosi's mis speak. Har dee har har just keeps getting better and better.

    May 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. God help us

    Blame Bush about WMD, what about BILL Clinton and the rest of the Dems?????????????

    May 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. david, CA

    Let me see if I get the Republican's position –
    we are now to believe that among the multitude of falsehoods coming from the Bush government over the last eight years, the CIA, the one agency specializing in inventing cover stories for its members and waging information warfare, is suddenly beyond reproach?

    May 20, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. KirksNoseHair

    The right-wing hypocrisy in this case is blinding in its intensity. Let's all focus on Pelosi and never mind the fact that Bush administration officials, including Bush himself lied repeatedly to congress and the american people about a plethora of issues.....yeah, let's forget about that and lynch Pelosi.

    PATHETIC!

    And you wonder why you Republicans can't win any elections?

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. J.P.

    Don't remove her and don't demand her resignation!
    She's great for Conservative fundraising.

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. PK California

    Sure, get rid of her and let Bush and Cheney off the hook! This is just a cover-up to take the blame off the ones who really bear the burden, Bush and Cheney!

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Pelosi lies

    I don't really care that Pelosi is a liar, I am just glad she was caught and continues to lie. It is time to drop this whole thing on both sides. The so called war crimes is a joke. Torture is too strong a word for what took place, the terrorists were made a little uncomfortable with no permanent damage, their finger nails weren't pulled out. I suppose some of you think spanking a child is child abuse. We were too easy on the murderous terrorists who killed thousands. We are way to easy with murderers on death row. Toughen up America

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. SENSIBLE MIKE

    they're not investigating the CIA because Director Mueller like everyone else knows that Nancy PeLIEsi lied. Its her that needs to go.

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Mofo

    Hey Dutch/Bad Newz,VA,

    When did Bush lie about WMD in Iraq?

    Oh, and, waterboarding was legal and it saved us. Anything else you want to whine about?

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. ray ray

    @ Jon,

    Why do you libs continually perpetuate a lie?

    Richard Armitage ADMITTED his leaking Valerie Plame's name. So the question must be asked – are you a liar or just stupid?

    May 20, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Dave

    So, we are playing double standars. If you or I were to lie at that level we would be investigated.

    She should step down because she has shown that she can not be trusted.

    May 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Carson - Austin Texas

    What about when the Bushies lied to go to war in Iraq???

    May 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Jeff from Atlanta

    As always, when the dimocrats get caught the defense is to point a finger at Bush, never just admit that you are wrong.

    Same ole same ole from the dimocrats.

    but thanks, if the republicans were smart they would sit back as you self destruct as always.

    May 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. CitizenJane

    Did not the CIA tell Congress that Saddam had WMDs? Was that not a lie? Did Bush not lie when he explained to American's that Saddam was linked to 9/11?

    Why stop with Pelosi?

    May 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. monicagate all over again

    the real criminals in GOP successfully hide behind a opportunistic democrat

    with the help of the neo-con / AIPAC friends in the corporate media

    screwing over the people.

    May 20, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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