May 22nd, 2009
01:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi refuses to answer questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/21/art.pelosi.gi.jpg caption="Nancy Pelosi is no longer discussing her charge that the CIA misled Congress."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to answer questions Friday about her stinging accusation last week that the CIA misled her about the use of waterboarding and Republican demands that she provide evidence.

"I have made the statement that I'm going to make on this. I don't have anything more to say about it," she pointedly told reporters. "I stand by my comment and - and what we are doing is staying on our course, and not be distracted from it."

The speaker changed the format of her weekly press conference Friday. Instead of appearing solo, Pelosi brought in three of her Democratic leadership colleagues. After the leaders gave 25 minutes of statements about their legislative accomplishments, Pelosi took just 5 minutes of questions from reporters, and only answered one about the back-and-forth over enhanced interrogation methods.

Despite repeated efforts by reporters to follow up on the issue, Pelosi dismissed them, saying, "I won't have anything more to say about it."

Pelosi may be ready to turn the page, but Republicans clearly aren't. Just minutes after the press conference, Ken Spain, spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee sent out a statement blasting her performance. "Speaker Pelosi stammered and filibustered around the elephant in the room because she knows full well that she has become a political liability to her fellow Democrats in Congress," he said.

"Her obsession with the previous administration and her disdain for America's intelligence officials has reduced her to cheerleader status within the far left wing of her party and a distraction to the substantive debate over how to best move our economy forward."

Updated at 1:00 p.m. with additional on-the-scene details.


Filed under: CIA • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Lu

    Put me down as another Dem who would love to get rid of Pelosi. She has no concept of bi-partisanship and is a polarizing figure who inhibits progress. And she's third in line for the presidency, heaven help us!

    May 22, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. David

    Pelosi BIGGEST mistake in her career was to play nice and take impeacment of bush/cheeney off the table. It's come back to slap her in the face.

    May 22, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. Jerry in Florida

    Tell me, what else do you expect from "pop up" Pelosi? She seems to have no moral values. Neither do my fellow Democrats who are standing up for her.

    May 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. Realistic

    Imagine if we made all our politician tell the truth or resign. Regan would of never finished his first term. Bush would of never finished his first term and that goes for both presidents named Bush. And this goes also for both sides of the political spectrum. However, as we all know we continue to elect the same liars to office, starting from the executive office all the way down to the house of rep.

    May 22, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. John from LA

    Throw Panic Pelosi out on her Bottom.

    May 22, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. iupg

    What ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty? Either she's lying, or the CIA is lying. Without proof, we cannot convict either.

    May 22, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. MPeter

    Good for MS Pelosi. Deny the M<SM and its partsan pimps the fuel. The issue is who ordered torture and therefore broke the law, not when or whether MS Pelosi knew about it.

    May 22, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Kris in AL

    THANK YOU NANCY!

    Sincerely, The Republican National Committee

    May 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Remo........... Round Rock, Texas

    Live! From D.C.! It's the "Nancy Pelosi Show"! This week watch her tap dance around a straight question. Watch her flub her lines when not using cue cards or Obama's teleprompter.

    She may not want to answers questions from the press, but "SHE NEEDS TO ANSWER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE"!

    Is she really third in line to lead this country..............CRIPES!

    May 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. carlos

    what inspiration from all those repugnant reptiles blogging here......about half do not even know who she is because of their ignorance, then by scribbling what the bloated fatso rush gives them...what can you thinkof them? n o t h i n g.....CON servatives...that's what they are

    May 22, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Had It

    She should NEVER have taken impeachment off the table.

    Bush/Cheney need to be tried for war crimes, and she's taking the heat now. If we have to lose ALL the democrats, so be it.

    Prosecute Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld NOW.

    May 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Hammer

    Like it or not the so called leaders of The Democratic Socialist Party are a party to the waterboarding, Nancy is in over her head and now her followers are going to cover up for her. What an open and honest government America has.
    Makes one sick doesn't it?

    May 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Adele

    Democrats should be helping President Obama. Instead they are pitiful and pathetic as usual.

    May 22, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. katiec

    Good for Pelosi. Whatever she says we can depend on the media and the republicans to distort it.
    Anyone who thinks the CIA and the Bush administration would not
    lie to cover their actions is living in a make believe world.

    May 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. SENSIBLE MIKE

    can you say

    COVER UP!!!

    Its Whitewater all over again.

    peLIEsi needs to step down, NOW!

    May 22, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Little Hawk

    The GOP is making a big deal about saying that Pelosi lied. If they're so concerned about government officials lying to Congress, where were they for the past 8 years when Bush, Cheney, Ashcroft, Gonzales, Rice, etc. lied just about every single day to Congress!

    May 22, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Tom Bachman

    Send the INS folks to her winery. That'll keep her occupied for a while.

    May 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Sheryl

    Wake up DEMS we support each other!!!! There is no proof she has lied on the other hand we have all the proof we need that Bush/Cheney lied, had this not happened we would not be debating this crap!!!

    May 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Bill in California

    SOUNDS LIKE HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF: "I might have smoked marijuana but I never inhaled." Sound familiar?

    May 22, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. steve

    If anyone in the Bush administration had ever told the press that they're not answering any more questions on a topic, they would have been ALL OVER them... this is outrageous! She needs to step down, we can't trust her.

    May 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    She did answer: She affirmed what she had said a week ago. This soap opera news, like the lack thereof during the hideous Bush years, is indicative of yellow journalism.

    Give it a rest already. There are soldiers still dying in Iraq and Afghanistan and people losing their jobs and homes daily in a quagmire that Bush, Cheney and the RepubliCANTS made.

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

    Andi Bush and Cheney REPEATEDLY denied that torture was going on! How can you claim they never denied it? "We do not torture' came right out of Bush's mouth!-------------------–

    Andi they claimed that waterboarding is not torture they never denied the fact that they did it. Stop watching so much MSNBC.

    May 22, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. joann

    I think it's probably better if she keeps her mouth shut for now. Her recent statements have been train wrecks...

    May 22, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. dan

    Pelosi must go. She has lost all credibility and has become dead weight for the Democratic party.

    May 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Kpawlak

    In other words, Pelosi can't think of any other good lies at the moment. What a hack.

    May 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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