May 15th, 2009
05:50 PM ET
11 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. Enough !

    Pelosi is repulsive. She should resign.

    May 15, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  2. Vic

    Has everyone forgotten how, under the Bush/Cheney administration, totally messed up every department was. That includes the CIA, who could not be trusted to level with anyone about anything. As for Leon Panetta, whom we trust completely, it is hoped you understand that Speaker Pelosi is dealing strictly with the goings-on of the previous CIA - not the one you're heading up. I personally resent how Gingrich and others are tearing into her about the CIA situation, when we all remember how misleading they were. Looks like this is the best they can do since Nancy Pelosi has no sex-related skeletons in her closet! Get a life people, and let her be to do her job!

    May 15, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Bill

    I voted for Obama..but I did not endorse Pelosi.
    Do not go against the CIA. They have the most difficult
    Job that we cannot even think about. She needs to go.

    May 15, 2009 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  4. repo

    It is transparently clear that we have a culture of corruption n our current administration....Have you ever heard the kettle calling the pot black...

    May 16, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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