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. DAVE N CA

    Pelozi is a lying crack pot who should be put in prison with the Detainees in GITMO..... California is a joke as a state ran by Democratic Representatives who would rather support Illegal aliens who have no right to be here then help true Americans who get the scraps... Imagine a country that resembles San Fransisco which is where this winner is from..... WOW!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. obambi

    what is with you libs? Pelosi started this, not the repubs. If you live in a glass house you should know enough not to throw rocks.

    May 20, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. Enough

    Pelosi supports illegals over tax paying citizens. Loved her speech where she was aplogizing to them because she couldn't speak to them in spanish. She is a shining example of California politicians and why we are in the mess we are in. Learn from our mistakes and years of Liberal spending.

    May 20, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. DAVE N CA

    when she admits that her aides were present at these meetings and she says that they informed her that waterboarding was being used then this constitutes her being briefed..... personally i hope that the CIA hammers her with much more than just these documents that show she is a liar.... if she wanted direct information she should have been there in person instead of shopping at macy's or what ever these democrats do........

    May 20, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. Enough

    Dan- Oh so Naive Dan, Pelosi is your Hero. Have to wonder what college you got your brain washing at.

    May 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Joseph

    All I can say, the truth can stand alone but, a lie can't. If you knew about it, you probably thought that it would never surface. If you are telling the truth, then you have nothing to worry about.

    May 20, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. CitizenJane

    When deflection no longer works, bring out Bill Clinton . . . no wonder the GOP are in the tank preparing for the flushing coming their way.

    May 20, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Candy West Virginia

    When will georgy and cheyney be investigated for their numerous crimes??? America would like to know.

    May 20, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    Proud Member..Party of No – then why don't you try being waterboarded for just a little 'harmless fun'. I knew they said there were actually people like you (who actually support the party of no) but I didn't believe it. Wow.

    May 20, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Harley Weewax

    I wish the wingers would make up their minds-

    It's not torture, it's "enhanced interrogation"

    But Pelosi was briefed about water boarding, so she should resign?

    What?

    It's not a crime to do it, it's only a crime to know about other people doing it?

    Huh?

    May 20, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. CitizenJane

    @Phoenix86 who knows the CIA didn't lie. . .

    I assume you were being briefed along with Pelosi? Please share how that went for you.

    May 20, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. FORMER republican, never again

    Republicans are saying it's ok that former pres bush and vice pres cheyney lied to the world to start a war that cost thousands of innocent lives and broke the law torturing and numerous other crimes, we want to punish Nancy for lying (if she even did).

    May 20, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. w.l. jones

    Gringrinch held the speaker job why he have not told all he knew to the FBI ?

    May 20, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Hmmm, looks like Obama might have told the FBI to protect Pelosi by not exposing her lies. Honor among thieves, that being, with respect to the absurd level taxation they endorse, Obama and Pelosi are.

    May 20, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    @ Dan:

    Seems that we see your blathering on every post about Pelosi. Are you bucking for a job on her staff or something?

    May 20, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    @ray ray: "...are you a liar or just stupid?"

    The same has been asked of Pelosi, and will be asked again.

    May 20, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Jim in San Jose 2

    Fine. Investigate Pelosi for lying to Congress. But, then I want an investigation into Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al who lied to Congress about so many things during W's 8 years in power. Furthermore, I want Gingrich investigated, since he clearly and repeatedly lied to Congress when he was Speaker.

    What's good for the Goose...

    May 20, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Jean

    No, don't resign Nancy. Stay and fight for our country.

    May 20, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. paksa

    Are we democrats really so blind and entrenched that we can't see what is right before our eyes?? Pelosi has not been truthful and was trying to protect herself, not the country – the whole world was privy to her recent 'gaffe'!! It makes all of us look rather stupid to keep trying to deflect blame and responsiblility to someone in the Republican party everytime a mistake is made. This seems to be happening more and more and does nothing for the integrity of the Democrat party.

    May 20, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. In Houston, TX

    The reason why the FBI has not initiated an investigation is because, "procedures require Congress to refer requests for an investigation to the Justice Department."
    it is up to the DOJ to bring the Bush administration to justice

    May 20, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Longhorn7

    If Mueller and the CIA are not investigating means to me that the CIA did lie to Pelosi and therefore they, Bush and Cheney all shoud be investigated by Congress to the fullest extent possible.

    May 20, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. tim

    dan is a ding ding!!!!!

    May 20, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Crazy Nancy

    The FBI won't investigate and no one will ask them to because Pelosi is a liar. She should resign.

    May 20, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. William

    This is just another example of a Democrat doing something right and an old Republican (that should have been gone a long time ago) trying to take the attention away from the fact that he and his party has no viable plan for anything except getting richer. Let us move on and get serious!!

    May 20, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Dana

    “In an interview on ABC Wednesday, Gingrich elaborated on his comments, saying CIA agents aren't likely to trust Pelosi with sensitive information going forward given her allegation.
    "If you were a CIA agent today and you were told to brief Nancy Pelosi, how could you have any sense of confidence in telling her anything?" Gingrich said.”
    Would the CIA lie?
    At the time of the briefing in question, did the CIA feel that Pelosi was not to be “trusted”?

    May 20, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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