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)

    YOu go girl!

    The CHENEY/Bush administration LIED TO US FOR 8 YEARS......

    May 22, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. RyanD.

    What about the actualy, you know, TORTURE at the hands of Dick Cheney and Geroge W. Bush?

    Torture is just fine...but Pelosi knowing or not knowing about it is a HUGE ISSUE?


    May 22, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Once You Vote Black

    Botox or not Pilosi is telling the truth and the GOP knows it. The CIA is all about deception, that is what we pay them for.

    May 22, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. New Era

    Republic are trying to inject fear into the Democratic Party. "Listen Up You Dems, Throw Her Out Now." Where were you Repubs doing the Waterboarding that you now cry about.

    We the people are tired of the Republican lies. The question should be why did the Repubs controlled Congress allow the Pres and Vice-Pres to conduct such behavior.

    May 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. SLM

    I deny torture was going on. I hardly consider a little discomfort for some terrorist thug, Torture. I say we didn't do enough to them. Too many around here are so hung up on this.

    May 22, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Rebecca

    Nancy Pelosi is a fraud. She is an example of all that is wrong with politics today.

    May 22, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. trueblue

    So many hateful Americans. Thank God for the even temperament of President Obama. I hope all this hatefulness does not rub off on the few, like Nancy Pelosi, who are strong enough to stand up to the ugliness of the losers.

    May 22, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. Rick in FL

    For those of you who want Pelosi to go away, just have someone pour a bucket of water on her.....she will probably melt.

    May 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. Billy Ray Valentine, Philadelphia, PA

    She needs to go. Other democrats have said she knew about the water boarding in 2002 and did nothing. This makes her an accomplice after the fact for not standing up.

    May 22, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. matt can't impeach someone that is not actually elected.

    Rumsfeld and Rice were appointed to the Cabinet.

    You liberals make this stuff way too easy.

    May 22, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Just look at what's happened to this country since she became the speaker of the house. She deserves as much blame as Bush.

    May 22, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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