Remember several weeks ago when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the CIA of lying to Congress about the Bush administration’s authorization and implementation of torture?
In her most explicit comments to date about the controversial interrogation methods, Pelosi slammed the CIA and called on the agency to release classified notes about the secretive briefings congressional leaders received.
“At every step of the way, the administration was misleading the Congress. And that is the issue,” Pelosi said at the news conference.
And remember how the GOP–particularly Minority Leader John Boehner–attacked Pelosi for making that claim?
Well, it looks like a lot of Republicans owe Nancy Pelosi an apology:
The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
Mr. Panetta, who ended the program when he first learned of its existence from subordinates on June 23, briefed the two intelligence committees about it in separate closed sessions the next day.
Of course, I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were the Speaker.
But this revelation proves that we need a special investigator to look into exactly what the Bush administration was up to and what else they may have lied about, because no administration should get away with blatantly and brazenly lying to Congress about such a major issue of national security.