Minorty Leader Boehner Acknowledges The CIA "May Have" Lied Before

Boner's done it now. He just killed the entire premise of the GOP's attacks on Nancy Pelosi.

Form ThinkProgress:

Last week, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) asserted in a press conference that she believed the CIA had misled her in a briefing on interrogation, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) scoffed at the idea that the CIA could have been dishonest. “It’s hard for me to imagine that anyone in the intelligence areas would mislead us,” said Boehner in his own press conference.

But on CNN today, Boehner acknowledged that members of his own party, such as Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), have previously accused the CIA of lying to Congress. Pressed by Wolf Blitzer, Boehner did not disagree with Hoekstra’s allegation that the CIA lied to Congress in a previous case:

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Also, see a piece at TPM by Zachary Roth, In Savaging Pelosi For "Attacking" CIA, GOP Ignores Its Own Record Of Similar Attacks.

Those hypocrites include:

  • Sen. Kit Bond, the vice chair of the Senate intel committee, today said Pelosi should apologize to CIA employees and called it "a tragedy that we are seeing this massive attack on our intelligence community." Elsewhere, Bond said: "It's outrageous that a member of Congress would call our terror-fighters liars."
  • Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking GOP member of the House intel committee, called Pelosi's claim "outrageous."
  • Rep. John Boehner, the GOP House leader, said Pelosi "ought to either present the evidence or apologize."
  • Former speaker Newt Gingrich judged that Pelosi "disqualified herself to be the speaker." He said the allegation "smears everyone who's trying to defend her."
  • And former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, in a column in today's Washington Post, called Pelosi's charge one of "a series of blows to the pride and morale of the Central Intelligence Agency" leveled lately by Democrats.
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