Boehner: Intelligence Professionals Deserve Better than Speaker’s Stonewalling
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stood by her accusation that our intelligence professionals lied to her and systematically lied to Congress:
“Today, the Speaker stood by her accusation against our intelligence professionals. She has had more than a week to produce evidence supporting her allegation that the CIA deliberately lied to Congress and does so ‘all the time.’ She still has not done so, and House Democrats are now stonewalling a bipartisan investigation to determine the facts. That is simply unacceptable. Claiming that the CIA engaged in a pattern of deception without either backing it up with evidence or retracting her statement and apologizing is an affront to the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our country. They deserve better than this type of stonewalling."
NOTE: Following is the Speaker’s answer to a reporter’s question at her press conference this morning:
QUESTION: Madame Speaker, since last week the – what you knew when and your comments about misleading, being mislead by the CIA have been big big news. (Inaudible) Leader Boehner has said produce evidence that you were misled or apologize, CIA Director Panetta has said you know, the CIA is not in the practice of misleading Congress. What’s –
PELOSI: I have made the statement that I am going to make on this. I do not have anything more to say about it. I stand by my comment. And what we are doing is staying on our course and not be distracted from it… On the subject that you asked I have made the statement that I’m going to make. I won’t have anything more to say about it. I won’t have anything more to say about it. Another subject?