Pelosi blasts GOP calls for State Department probe
October 2nd, 2012
05:58 PM ET
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Pelosi blasts GOP calls for State Department probe

(CNN) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi blasted House Republicans Tuesday for requesting a hearing next week on the State Department's handling of last month's deadly consulate attack in Libya.

With Congress in recess for the campaign season, Pelosi argued on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that if the GOP wants to look into the Libya issue, they should return for votes on other pending legislation, as well.

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"We're supposed to be in session this week, but they've canceled it rather than passing a middle income tax cut, passing a jobs bill, passing the Violence Against Women Act, passing the farm bill–any of those things," Pelosi said. "But yet they have time to say we want information, when they know it's premature."

Asked if she was suggesting the hearing was called for political purposes, Pelosi replied: "One might suspect that."

Earlier Tuesday, GOP Reps. Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, demanding answers to questions about the violence in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. The congressmen argued the State Department had ample warning signs and could have prevented the tragedy using heightened security.

Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and Chaffetz oversees the national security subcommittee. Chaffetz is also a top surrogate for the Romney campaign.

Pelosi, however, argued it was too soon to demand conclusive answers, as investigations in Benghazi are still under way.

"I think it's important to note that Congress does have a right to know, but the secretary and the Department of State have to have the information," Pelosi said on CNN. "How can you ask the secretary to come before the information is known?"

She added House Republicans had shot down "$300 million" in funds for the State Department, including "funding for security."

Pressed on whether she was implying the U.S. didn't have enough money to protect American diplomats in Libya, Pelosi said, "No."

"What I'm saying in Congress has the right of oversight, but it also has the power of the purse," she said. "Nobody's going to know by next week, but we have to have a full investigation and accountability for it but we also have to look to ourselves in terms of that funding question."

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rob

    She has a point, GOP needs to shut up and get back to work. Is this not what they tell us middle class scum?

    October 2, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. me

    the wicked witch of the west doesn't want the truth known...nobody in this administration wants the truth known

    October 2, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Scott

    Tired of Pelosi and the left trying to throw fault at everyone but themselves.
    How her constituents are repeadily fooled into re-electing her proves their own shallow depth of thought.

    October 2, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. shane

    of course the gop took time off. they work for two weeks, take a week off. work for two weeks and then take a week off. must be nice, i wish i had a job that paid me to do that-nevermind they're political "leaders"

    October 3, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  5. Squigman

    Read where the GOP, said the Obama Administration dropped the ball on Libya. About the same as Bush dropped the ball on the 9-11 terror attacks. Don't point fingers, your's might get broke.

    October 3, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  6. Donkey Party

    Al Queda, the Taliban, they're facing extinction. The real enemy to America, is the domestic-terrorist GOP. Anyone who supports them is guilty of giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When the civil war that the GOP lusts for breaks out, choose your sides wisely.

    October 3, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Thomas

    Why didn't Darrell Issa start a kitty comity hearing when Ahmed Abdel Hadi Chalabi coned America into war over alleged WMDs?

    Because Issa and Chalabi both profited greatly !

    October 3, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  8. josh rogen

    why is this crazy person still in office?

    October 3, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  9. enuff

    If congress is gonna go back to work... do it 110%. Not just to play partisan politics.

    October 3, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  10. calvin

    she will stand up for her she a democrat, you know the protecter of the baby killers the illegals the gays the wellfare people who will not help them self. if this woman was a GOP she would be howling for head.

    October 3, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  11. Armyvet129

    We lost an Ambassador and three other American's in Libya because of a massive failure in our government. Nancy, We the People want to know the truth about what happened here. More importantly, the families of the brave men who died serving We the People want to know how our government could let them down like this, and the public is demanding you answer them. We can wait on all the bills you mentioned and don't try to make this a partisan issue and stall. We citizens get angrier about this as we find out more about how our government lied to us, and failed to protect our Ambassador and other American citizens in harms way. Nancy Pelosi, my government owes the families of these slain patriots more than our than it's given them by far and right now is the time to deal with this honestly for them.

    October 3, 2012 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  12. Jerry

    Of course, Bobble Head Pelosi never wants the truth to come out. What a witch of a woman! What hypocrisy!!! Four people, including an ambassador, are death and all she and Obamalooney want to do is sweep the issue under the rug.

    Oh well... Should we expect any thing else from the current administration?!

    October 3, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
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