May 17th, 2009
12:36 PM ET
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GOP leader on Pelosi's claim: Provide proof or apologize

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner turned up the heat Sunday in the escalating war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, congressional Republicans, and the CIA over Pelosi’s knowledge of enhanced CIA interrogation techniques including water boarding.

Last week, Pelosi claimed that the CIA had misled herself and other members of Congress about whether it was actually using water boarding to obtain information from high-profile detainees during 2002 intelligence briefings.

The Ohio Republican said Pelosi should provide evidence that she was misled or apologize to the country’s intelligence community.

“Lying to the Congress of the United States is a crime,” Boehner said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “And if the Speaker is accusing the CIA and other intelligence officials of lying or misleading the Congress, then she should come forward with evidence and turn that over to the Justice Department [for possible prosecution].”

“And if that’s not the case, I think she ought to apologize to our intelligence professionals around the world.”

After challenging Pelosi, Boehner sounded the praises of the nation’s intelligence gathering apparatus. “I’ve dealt with these people for three-and-a-half years on an almost daily basis,” Boehner told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “And I can tell you that I have never felt that I was misled. I’ve never felt that I’ve been lied to.”

The House Minority Leader described the information he’s received in intelligence briefings as “thorough” and “complete.” “They want to answer questions,” Boehner said describing the intelligence professionals he’d dealt with, “and there’s always, always an opportunity to object.”

“And Speaker Pelosi has, at times, objected to activities that were approved by the president. Those activities were changed as a result of her objection . . . in the intelligence environment.”

Boehner refused to say Sunday whether he thought it would be appropriate for the House of Representatives should begin an inquiry into whether Pelosi had lied about national security matters.


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  1. Claire, MD

    Yeah, the same thing that we said to Bush about the weapons of mass destruction debacle.

    May 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. LOL

    G really Old Party it too daft to realize that an investigation of Polosi is an investigation of Bush and Cheney torture. Are these guys that stupid, or do they think the American people are that stupid?

    May 17, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. republicans hate america

    I love how the Rush Limbaugh Party is outraged over whether Pelosi new or not knew about Bush's illegal torture and not outraged about illegal torture.

    May 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. carlos

    do we have firing squads in the U.S. of A.?............then put every repugnant reptile, CON servatives, religious fanatics-evangelical devils-and every single ignorant blogger here in this forum in front of the rifles, they are the cancers in this society and should be incinerated............

    May 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |

    Aldolph Cheney is squirming like a cat on a hot tin roof. Forget the misdirection play to the speaker. Keep the spotlight right on Cheney to show all of his dirty deeds. Torture is just the tip of the iceberg.

    May 17, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Slaker

    Gringo, I agree. Your comments deserve repeating; "End result no matter which scenerio: Pelosi should be removed, she has been nothing more than an obstructionist, left wing radical isolating fellow Democrats and has presented obstacles to Obama and his efforts to bridge partsian bridges. And after her Reid should go."
    Pelosi and Reid are a major part of the problem, Dems need to find people to replace them who are not so leftist and partisan.

    May 17, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Julie

    Politics is better be able to take it if you can give
    get over it and move on to get us out of this economic turmoil.

    May 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. tony

    So, in the minds of Republicans, it is impossible for the CIA to provide misleading information to politicians. How did we end up in Iraq then? Was the Bush Administration not misled by the bogus intelligence about weapons of mass destruction that served as justification for the Iraq war? Did the Bush Administration knew the truth but went ahead with the war anyway?

    May 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. charles

    I tend to agree with some in the political world as they demand evidence from Ms Pelosi. I lost all respect for her as a politician or member of Congress when she joined forces with Sen. Reid and refused to process various complaints/alleged crimes of Bush and Cheney. Campaigning on an honmesty and accountability theme, she then turned and crawled into their political beds and refused to bring anything to the floors of Congress.

    Bush and Cheney will hopefully someday see the inside of prison walls as their new home because of their lies, meanderings, distortions, crimes against society, and so forth. But, Pelosi shares in that situation because instead of delivering on campaign promises, she and Sen. Reid became bosom buddies with Bush the deceiver.

    May 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. proud army navy mom

    In 2006, bonehead said he did not believe the information that was coming out of the CIA in an interview with CNN..

    should he apologize also, or is he being a hollowing hypocrites like the rest of his party?

    May 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. TCM

    no apologies necessary from the nut case, just leave and go back to San Fran......You libs are so in the dark about what's right and wrong, and what's necessary to protect the country. Having been there, and now retired, it's a shame that the country I defended has let this administration into play; it shows the degradation of our country into a 3rd world, no class country.....OBama's ruining the US on a daily basis...

    May 17, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    First things first, Boner. Let's examine the lies of the Bush Administration and prosecute those who blatantly broke the laws and maybe we'll get back to you on the Pelosi thing.

    The Repugnant party owes the US citizenry an apology for the mess their votes put this country in. I am really hoping that incumbents in both parties get their butts kicked next election.

    May 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. S Callahan

    Maybe it's me....but I think 'just apologizing' is not satisfying for the public...there is a 'real' credibility issue here....did she lie, did she not? I want truths. I don't think it realistic to maintain that authority role if there is not complete's decietful to the public and our tax dollars which pay the salary.

    May 17, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. George

    When you republicans find the weapons of mass destruction, then maybe only then Nancy may aoplogise. You republicans are digging your own hole deeper and deeper. Bob Grahm says the same thing.
    Newt go lay down, and think how big of a hypocrit you are.

    May 17, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The proof will be more laudable and can only be done in a truth commission. But the GOP is so scared of it.

    May 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. Tate

    Valera Plain was outed by Richard Armitage liberals. Please pay attention he finally had to admit it. The drive by media forgets to point that out. Not Bush or Cheney but a democrate, just like Pelosi he is a liar.

    May 17, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  17. liberal in maine

    first: Pelosi has asked that All transcripts from these proceedings should be released; Full disclosure

    Speaker Pelosi. I'm quoting what the head of the CIA has said. We don't know if this information is accurate that he's talking about. What they briefed us on - and perhaps they should release the briefings. I would be very happy if they would release the briefings, and then you will see what they briefed at one time, at one time and another, to the House and Senate and the rest. Perhaps with the intense interest that this has generated because of the distraction that the Republicans want to cause with this, then you can make a judgment yourself about what you think these briefings were. But I'm telling you that they talked about interrogations that they had done and said: We want to use enhanced techniques, and we have legal opinions that say that they are okay. We are not using waterboarding.

    second: 4500 soldiers are dead because of the Bush/Cheney lie anbd than Bush jokes about not finding WMD's during the Whitehouse correspondents dinner.

    May 17, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. Tom

    So now Bush/Cheney's lies about Iraq are Nancy Pelosi's fault? Shut up, Boehner! You have yet to say anything worth listening to, and I'm not holding my breath waiting for the first time. The GOP is one of the following every moment of every day: (a) irrelevant or (b) full of garbage. The other alternative, of course is (c) both.

    May 17, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. genemk

    Nancy Pelosi is one of the most dangerous politicians in DC. Thus far President Obama has not been able to control her. At this point the Administration has been very silent on the issue, with the exception of the CIA Director. Does anyone actually believ that he spoke out without tacit approval of the White House?

    BTW W is no longer in office.

    May 17, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Agnes

    GOP has some nerves to go after Pelosi for all the mess Bush and the rest of the gang did! Outrageous! Maybe it's really time to go after all those GOP criminals by now. They ruin the country, outsourced most job, devalued the one that are left, and bark over spending, while they spend like there was no tomorrow!

    Time to go after the real liars Bush and Cheney who profited over the war and fabricated lies that allow them to do it, ah what about Rumsfield? Back off GOP... liars, and corrupt crooks, who again show that they only look for desperate measures so they can gain power and rip people off all over again!

    May 17, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Aaron

    Why is so far-fetched that the agencies would lie to Congress? They did a grand job of deceiving Congress over the WMDs that Iraq "definitely" the about same time as this issue would have been lied about.

    May 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Enough Said!!!!

    @Karen May 17th, 2009 12:56 pm ET
    You are SOOOO Right !!!Best Post of the DAY!!!!

    May 17, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Pel

    What is needed is a complete investigation of the Bush Administration and not a selective investigation like the Repugs want of Rep Nancy Pelosi. We need to look at the deal made with the pharmaceutical community, the health care community and the defense community. We need to know the total truth as to how we got into the Iraq War and what impact the Neo Cons had in the Bush administration. Lets investigate all the things for which the public has questions.

    I am sick and tired of the Repugs acting like they did no wrong. They are on the news daring the Democrats to do anything about the wrong they did for eight years. They have been defiant and it is time for their legs to be cut off.

    May 17, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. just saying

    Even if Pelosi knew about the waterboarding (and then lied about knowing) she still wasn't the one who ordered or administered the inexcusable torture! No brainer here folks. Go after Bush, Cheney, any responsible CIA agents, attorneys, etc. THEY are the culpable ones. If the Republicans don't shut up soon the can of worms will be opened and prosecutions will follow. Idiots!!!

    May 17, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  25. Mike in MN

    So how about Bush, Cheney, and the rest of that gang and their lies to Congress? Where's the calls for prosecution for their lies about Iraq that got us into that quagmire. What a hypocrite!

    May 17, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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