House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday accused the CIA and the Bush administration of lying to her about the use of waterboarding on captured terrorism suspects.
Republicans have accused Pelosi, D-Calif., of hypocrisy, saying she was briefed in September 2002 on the use of the controversial technique, which simulates drowning, and did not object.
But the Speaker insisted she was told during the briefing that waterboarding was not being employed, and that Republicans are trying to make her the issue to thwart an investigation of harsh interrogation techniques.
Asked if she was “accusing the CIA of lying to you in September of 2002,” Pelosi replied: “Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States, misleading the Congress of the United States. I am.”
Of the Republicans, Pelosi said: “They misrepresent every step of the way. They don’t want the focus on them. They want it on us.”
Her comments prompted a sharp response from Republicans, who said she was smearing the intelligence community and still wasn’t telling the truth about she was told about terrorist interrogations.