Boehner Still Pushing Pelosi Investigation

Posted June 2, 2009 at 2:26pm

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that Republicans will continue to push for an investigation into allegations made last month by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that the CIA lied to Congress about advanced interrogation techniques, saying the Speaker’s comments were too damaging to let go.

“Let’s be clear, these are serious allegations,— Boehner told reporters during a Tuesday press conference. “Not providing proof to back them up is an affront to our intelligence community and I’m disappointed that House Democrats continue to stonewall this issue.—

Boehner declined to elaborate on the tactics that he and his colleagues may use to keep the issue alive in the House, saying only “all options are on the table.—

House Republicans attempted to pass a resolution that would have created a subcommittee on the House Intelligence panel to review Pelosi’s allegations that the CIA deliberately misled Congress during President George W. Bush’s first term.

The proposal was defeated by a 172-252 vote on May 21.

Last week, Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami called the GOP’s attempt to revive the issue a distraction.

“Clearly what the American people want to hear about is issues that affect their lives — health care, energy and creating jobs,— he said. “This is nothing more than a transparent attempt by the Republicans to score political points, and it’s a diversion from completing the work that the American people are demanding we do on these critical fronts.—