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. Sharon-NY

    "It is a crime to lie to Congress."PERIOD. Nancy Pelosi should be investigated with fair and balance by FBI because she and her husband, Paul Pelosi who has been under invesitgation together have kept on spawning mess American moral.

    May 20, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    @ C White, who said "What makes anyone think Cheney wouldn't lie?"

    The GOPers have truth confused with simply believing everything that comes out of someone's mouth without an ounce of crtiical reflection.

    May 20, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ phoenix86, who said "the CIA did not lie."

    Do you know how crazy that sentence truly is? Sorry bro, but the CIA has lied and will lie again. Such utmost faith in its truthfulness is literally ridiculous. Check a history book instead of just believing whatever you're told.

    May 20, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. ANGIE IN PA

    I say Investigate so the Real truth can come out about The Bush/Cheney Republican Lies!

    May 20, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. steven harnack

    a country like san francisco? where the people actually come first once in a while? where freedom is more than just a word thrown around by jingoists? how terrible and where do i apply for citizenship?

    May 20, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Nathan Matatall

    Lets just waste some more taxpayer money...

    Political offices are a priveledge.....our politicians need to start acting like it.

    May 20, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Hammer

    No way will The Democratic Socialist Party ever allow one of their elitist subjected to being required to tell the truth.

    May 20, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Patsy Madison, TN

    What does that tell you? The Speaker is tellling the truth.

    May 20, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. AP in Illinois

    Since when has the CIA become the paragon of truth in this nation? They have done so many shady things and misled us on so many things..yet this one they are supposed to be totallly above board. I don't buy it.

    May 20, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. V. Clausewitz

    C'mon, you folks need to give Pelosi a break. You all know she isn't too bright, so stop picking on her. It isn't her fault that she was thrust into the national limelight in this position of leadership; she was chosen to fill a quota, and not because of her competence, so leave her alone!

    May 20, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Army Mother

    Waterboarding is torture???? If Al Queda or some other terrorist group captures my son and is threatening to behead him on the nightly news, I pray the interegators go further than that............... If pulling out fingernails would find my son, or any other captured American soldier, go for it....................

    May 20, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Mike

    That would be unwise for the GOP. Like her or not, remember Pelosi is the speaker. Do you really want to open the floodgates for investigations given some of the things that the Republican leadership has done over the last few years? Lying to congress became a way of life for the Bush administration. Better to let sleeping dogs lie.

    May 20, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Let's see........... again........ whom to believe? Whom to believe???

    Do we believe the GOP-liars? Here is the record:

    Bush Regime LIED about outing Valerie Plame, a CIA operative!
    Bush Regime LIED about the real reason to attack Iraq: oil!
    Bush Regime LIED about the TRUE cost of the Iraq war!
    Bush Regime LIED about Iraq's nuke-program & WMD's!
    Bush Regime LIED about TORTURE; W. said "American does not torture" and he was lying!

    And then there is Nancy Pelosi, whom the GOP has decided they hate and have chosen to LIE about to DISTRACT Americans from the ...........TRUTH THAT BUSH/DICK SANCTIONED TORTURE!

    May 20, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. truthsayer

    There's better things for the FBI to do like investigate Norm Coleman

    May 20, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. truthsayer

    I agree CNNis the new FOX...another water carrier for the GOP.

    May 20, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Rob Kole

    Hurm you can't lie to Congress but Congress can lie to anyone..well try to lie anyway.

    May 20, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. Tunstall

    I can't believe that a republican had the audacity to call someone, anyone, a "Lair and the nerve to tell the house speaker to resign.

    The whole republican Party should be shut-down, eliminated they are worse than scumb-bags, starting with the past president and vice president who really belongs in jail.

    May 20, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Claudia in Houson

    You can't investigate Pelosi without investigating Bush/Cheney and that's not going to happen. So enough of this foolishness by the Repugs.

    May 20, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  19. MJ

    By all means let's investigate Pelosi, but let's not stop there. I'm assuming you republicans would then be okay with investigating the entire Bush/Cheney administration? Lies are lies after all. You can't have it both ways my conservative friends.

    May 20, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Gary

    Nancy is a liar, no sense in wasting tax payer money investigating just to prove she is a liar. lets move on!

    May 20, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. TangledThorns

    I'm hoping they investigate into Pelosi's claim, just to prove how embarrassing she is to America.

    May 20, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  22. WhoCares?

    They can't go after her because they found out the same thing Pelosi went to check BEFORE her press anouncement....SHE WAS NEVER TOLD WATERBOARDING WAS TAKING PLACE.

    You all know that Pelosi (before her Press Conference) went to check those briefings at the CIA before she spoke correct?

    May 20, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. Nun-ya

    I've always known the CIA is made up of criminals and liars. Why would anyone believe them?! I believe Nancy.
    Texas Democrat

    May 20, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Richard

    The Dems are good at picking their fights aren't they? Guess that is a priveledge of being in power, they can slam the GOP and dodge all the bullets heading their way.

    May 20, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  25. Alan

    OK. Time to do whatever necessary to make certain Franken gets seated - then tell the Republicans to shut up and work with us or slide into oblivion.

    May 20, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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