May 20th, 2009
12:04 PM ET
9 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. pete at the beach

    Endless right wing moralistic hipocrisy!!! Remember Gary bauer (much holier than you) said Jesus would permit torture (only if your a God Fearing repubie) So I guess hitler and Caligula are role models

    May 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Jon in CA

    James Holmes says,

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


    Jimmy – actually the party which condones lying is the one who vehemently defended Bill Clinton after he LIED under oath to a Federal Judge.

    Do you like your hypocrisy with cream and sugar or just black each morning?

    May 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    Pelosi isn't the only congress person to claim that CIA misled them on the briefings. Republicans are just using this as an excuse to digress attention to their "NO" party of no ideas and diminishing returns.

    May 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. CJ

    I love these comments about the Torture that is going on in our names...give me a break...people all over the world hate us and we are sitting back whinning about how bad we are treating people that want to have us dead.......Country're right it should be country first, and if you don't like our country or have a problem with us, you will pay.......people like you and the democrats are sooo worried about how people are treated and are willing to throw Americans in prison for the treatment of rebel groups and terrorist....give me a should be "American First".....and for all the wimps crying about torture.....its time to get off the nipple and stop caring about the scumbags that want us dead!

    May 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. KC

    She lied. Everyone knows that and some people are even willing to admit it. That being said we know that all politicians lie. They don't know how to live life any other way. My concern with Pelosi is that she is an out of control, over the top, egomaniac that is so power hungry she is determined to see herself as the dictator of the House - Nancy Pelosi does not represent America and couldn't tell you how the average American lives. She can't even begin to understand our day-to-day problems. That is why Ms. Pelosi needs to step down. She has long since lost any effectiveness she might ever have had. Hopefully voters in California will realize that in 2010.

    May 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. John

    I agree let her stay, she is the best thing to happen to the Republican party in a long time...hahahha

    May 20, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  7. Jean

    The transition from Candidate Obama to President Obama has been as predictable as Alaska's winter snow.

    We are now witnessing actions that will lead to a monumental shift away from free market capitalism and the strong work ethic that built this great country. 'Change' in this administration has meant rapid movement toward massive government growth, huge tax burdens on future generations, and an unprecedented reliance upon foreign countries.

    Gov. Sarah Palin

    May 20, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Jimmy the Greek

    Very simple question:

    If the CIA lying to Congress is a crime.... WHY don't democrats want to pursue identifying those CIA agents who mislead Congress?

    I thought the whole WMD-Iraq-waterboarding thing was a big lie. Let's find out WHO was telling Congress these lies.

    Come on, Libs. What's the problem???

    May 20, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  9. Libertarian

    Please....both Dems and Repubs regularly LIE. This is not a party problem this is an American culture problem. It's been ingrained in us since birth that it's OK to lie as long as no one can prove otherwise. Accountability in Washington....non-existent.

    So please, get of your party bandwagons on this one. It's a culture problem and it needs to stop.

    May 20, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Mofo

    CitizenJane says "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?"




    May 20, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Super D

    Pelosi gets to stay on 1 condition.

    She will not be briefed on anything regarding national security. Never, NO, not ever going forward

    She cannot be trusted........and just like this incident, sticks a knife in the back of the CIA because it became politically expedient....

    May 20, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. ghost

    Why is everyone missing the fact that while they are pressing the issue, they aren't gonna do anything about it? Can you say.....diversion?

    Seriously, they wanted Clinton's head for his lies. If they wre serious, they would be screaming a lil bit louder. But they know nothing will come of this. Especially since the slippery slope that would accompany it. To be honest, I think it works both ways. A cold war amoungst our parties, so to speak. There's another term for it...mutually assured destruction.

    May 20, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    The FBI should be investigating the CIA. Nancy Pelosi didn't know squat, they only told her lies, and now the republicans like Newt are lying again. Who's running the CIA????? For more complete information please watch Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, I know this won't be posted, but may be some of you guys at CNN should watch Keith.

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

    No need to investigate, it's pretty clear that Pelosi is the one lying.

    May 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. J.P.

    This is merely the first strands of the unraveling of "hope and change" and the Democrat majority in both houses of Congress.

    2010 will be an electoral bloodbath for all incumbents, Democrat or Republican alike.

    Incumbent Dump – 2010
    535 random strangers picked by random phone number generation couldn't possibly do any worse than the current Congress.

    May 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    The FBI is not investigating this because the CIA did not lie. Unfortunately, it is not a crime for Nancy Pelosi to lie. If it were, she would be in Gitmo.

    May 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. CJ

    Obama hasn't lied about anything either has he.....HAHA
    Obama will solve ALL our handout at a time!

    May 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    Our country thrives on lies from top to bottom in all parts of the government, city, county, state, federal, so what is new. That is the reason the public has no faith in them. The truth for once may straighten out this country, bur that will never happen as long as there are politicians on either side with empty pockets to be filled by lobbyism and that is the truth. Come fill my pockets and I will say anything you want me to say. When you lay down with dogs you get fleas.

    May 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Joe Terrogano

    Let's have an investigation and let the chips fall where they may. The truth is nonpartisan. So much for this distraction. How about that Repub leadership?

    May 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Carlos

    Is FBI investigating why Bush and Cheney Misled Americans into Iraq War?

    May 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  21. david, CA

    Looks like that dwindling crowd still willing to identify as Republican have decided to focus their fire on this blog today. United Tea Baggers of America? You wouldn't know these dead enders are a dying breed from the amount of e-ink they manage to find time to expend.

    May 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  22. Obama Victim II

    Pete at the beach –

    One question for you:

    Obama approved the killing of Three Somalie pirates who were holding a US citizen hostage.

    NEVER has a hostage been killed by pirates in the past – as they would simply hold hostages until a randsom was paid.

    Do you condone the murder of these pirates (approved by Obama)?

    May 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. KMAN

    Pelosi is not the issue here and any honest person knows that. One would have to be pretty stupid to believe that LIES are not an intregal part of everything the CIA does. We'd be better off without this corrupt agency and their lies.

    May 20, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  24. Expat American

    God help us May 20th, 2009 12:13 pm ET
    Blame Bush about WMD, what about BILL Clinton and the rest of the Dems?????????????
    When Clinton lied a fat, needy, daddy's girl with a princess complex got her feelings hurt. Walk down any street in America and throw a hot dog and you'll hit at least 8 just like her.

    How does that compare to the consequences of Bush's lies....?

    May 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Ron

    Until you guys at CNN can report other new except pro GOP I will not be visiting this site again

    May 20, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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