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

Pelosi refuses to answer questions

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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. Claudia in Houson

    When Bush and Cheney are removed from the cloud of torture by the Republican party, this too shall pass.

    May 22, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Ronald Clowney May 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm ET

    Nancy Pelosi is doing the right thing by not repeating herself over and over again. You can't unscramble scramble eggs. She said what she had to say and now let's move on to what is in front of the country like jobs, health care, and energy
    I almost fully agree with you! The only problem is anytime she repeats herself, the story changes!

    May 22, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. John

    If the republicans want to see pelosi go down because of lying about KNOWING about torture, then what should happen to Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld for AUTHORIZING torture???

    May 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. skyhawkdriver

    Just lke obama is fast becoming the best firearms salesman in america nancy is doing more for the republicans than anyone thought possible..with the likes of pelosi,barney the mortgage queen frank..chris dodd..henry speed reader waxman..the democrats are going to be ousted in 2010..I say just keep on lying are doing a great job

    May 22, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Same Old White House

    I have stated they are liars and lets move on. We dont want any stinking proof. For those of you who think the democrats are great, you must not live in Illinois.

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

    If the glove don't fit! You must acquit!

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

    CON servatives and religious fanatics......reptiles.....corrupt.....igNOrant....the worst kind of people living here in the USA......and the evil evangelicals

    May 22, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. How much does it take?

    How much longer do we have to deal with Pelosi ad Reid before this nightmare is over? How can we teach our children to respect governmental authority with nitwits like this holding office?

    May 22, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. elliott

    What a shock.....*rolls eyes*.....what a lier....

    May 22, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Clear

    Pelosi has lost the trust of most nonpartisians. If she stays as House Democrats' leader, they will lose, if not in 2010, definitely in 2012.

    May 22, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Republicans are the American Taliban

    What did Condoleezza Rice know? What was she told? The wrong people are being attacked.....

    May 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Allan

    Nancy will be proven correct in time.

    God bless her!

    May 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Amy

    In response to Aaron: TORTURE IS ILLEGAL!! That's why Bush/ Cheney belong in jail!

    May 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    LOL. Fortunately, none of the comments here matter at all. Replace Pelosi with someone – do you think it would be an improvement? Really? Maybe Al Franken can replace her.

    May 22, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. JK Ashburn, VA

    Probably because she can't remember what she said last time.

    May 22, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Former Army

    It is not a lie, if you do not believe "waterboarding" is toture.
    Many belive it is not.

    May 22, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. JK Ashburn, VA

    Amanda Reckonwith .... it is already a proven fact that the CIO operative that was outed was outed by someone in the State Department. Even that person admitted it. So, stop perpetuating the myth that Cheney or someone from his office did it.

    May 22, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Michael in Ventura,CA

    The RNC nneds to realize that their methods do NOT work. They have nothing to offer but the same old fear/smear tactics.They never let TRUTH or FACTS get in the way of their rhetoric!

    May 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. MDB

    I am amazed at all this vitriol. What a waste of energy, especially with the real serious issues we have to face as a country. Please... step back, take a deep breath, and look a good look around. We don't have to behave like a pack of baying hounds.

    May 22, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. Simmy

    She's stated her position.......Her only response now is to give those still asking a high five (minus four) and move on with her daily relevant issues......

    May 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Moderate Republican

    Substantive debate? The only people who have been proactive in moving the economy forward have been the White House, and it's cabinet officials, and the DEMS in congress......That's just being truthful.....

    May 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. David in Houston

    The issue is the torture itself. Why on earth are we letting these weasels change and manipulate the subject?

    Sleight of hand...

    May 22, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. Mike

    Get over the toture crap they did what they had to do! you DIMS are such idiots I cant believe it why dont all of you morons leave and go to live in another country that suits you and take nancy pukelosi with you as well as frank ried and dodd!!!!

    May 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Tate

    Why cant we water board her and see if the method works. I will bet any amount of money in the world she would spill the beans with in seconds and prove to the world she is a lying dirt ball, who should be charged with treason against the US.

    May 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  25. Daniel

    Yes, let's investigate everyone with a (R) behind their name. Everyone with a (D) gets a pass. Pelosi lied, and people got water splashed on their faces. Waterboarding is NOT torture. Pulling fingernails out is torture.

    May 22, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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