May 15th, 2009
04:13 PM ET

Gingrich: 'Absolute obligation' to investigate Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/15/pelosi.waterboarding/art.gingrich.gi.jpg caption="Newt Gingrich says Nancy Pelosi is a 'trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes.' "]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is engaging in a "despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort" to withhold what she knew about the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques, former Speaker Newt Gingrich said Friday.

Gingrich said Pelosi "lied to the House" when she earlier claimed that the CIA had never briefed her about the Bush administration's use of interrogation methods like waterboarding, which is considered torture by the current administration.

"I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal. I don't think the speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters," the Republican leader said in an interview with ABC Radio.

Pelosi has been under fire from critics who say she was fully briefed on the techniques in 2002 and 2003. On Thursday, the California Democrat accused CIA officials of misleading her, reiterating a claim that she was briefed on such techniques only once - in September 2002 - and that she was told at the time that the techniques were not being used.

Read more... or listen to the interview here.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Doug Wade

    P.S why would you use someone who need to be investigated to do a investigation?Wasnt he one of them?I guess if you look at yourself its harder to find fault!

    May 18, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  2. Betty Martin

    How can anyone so dishonest talk so much about the honor of others? I remember all his retoric about "family values" while cheating on his wife with his mistress. This wasn't his first adulterous affair so was he honest in his private or public life? I don't believe anything he says and can't believe the Republican party wants him out front as a spokesman for their point of view. I am an Independent and would never vote for a party that supports Newt.

    May 18, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  3. RLWellman

    If this is to be done in secret, why did Pelosi open her mouth? It doesn't matter if you are Democrat, Republican, or Independent, why is it okay for the current Administration to lie? How soon you forget about trying to impeach President Bush.
    President Obama had better be careful what he says about the last Administration and what he thinks is wrong. Why? Because his time will pass also and the next Adsministration will have him up on charges of bankrupting the country. Him and all the rest of the cronies in Washington.

    May 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  4. kcw

    The question is not what Nancy Pelosi knew, rather who gave the order? Who is it in the government of the United States that decided torture–or for those who are morally challenged, harsh interrogation techniques–was acceptable.

    May 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  5. Faz Khan

    No problems here when it comes to taking down Pelosi if she's lying but heck Bush and Cheney, especially Cheney go scott-free after the wool they pulled over the entire nations eyes with their Iraq war evidence and the shady business that followed. Can anyone tell me how those guys don't have to answer for anything?

    May 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  6. Tony

    Again, Anderson Cooper and the media in general have taken their eyes off the ball. CNN was no help when the country needed good investigative reporting as to the legitimacy of ties between Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden promulgated by the republican administration and leading us into war. Now it seems sexier to 'keep them honest' about what Pelosi knew and when she knew it, rather than pursue exactly who was responsible for instituting the torture policy, what methods were used to acquire apparent legal authority, and why were we led to believe that the abu ghraib incident was merely the result of private soldiers run amuk. And why are they the only ones in jail? Mr. Cooper's love for 'the housewives of atlanta' seems to have infected his reporting skills.

    May 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
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