House Republicans aren't opposed to investigating what government officials knew about U.S. torture practices, as long as those officials are Nancy Pelosi.
Republicans took a shot at Pelosi Thursday at noon, calling for a formal inquiry regarding the Speaker's claim that the CIA deceived her and other key legislators briefed on their interrogation conduct. The resolution was shot down, 252-172, with all House Democrats and two Republicans voting to table it. But Minority Leader John Boehner got his own shots at Pelosi in first.
"Her allegation that the CIA lied to her and that they misled Congress ... is a very serious charge," Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a press conference announcing the resolution. "The Speaker has had a full week to produce evidence to back up her allegations, and I'm frankly disappointed that she has not done so. I will have no choice but to call for a bipartisan investigation, and more details will come out soon."
Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly dismissed the Republican move as grandstanding. "This resolution is a political stunt," Daly said. "It is a deliberate attempt to distract from the work the House is doing to create jobs and make progress on health care, energy, and education."
Boehner rejected arguments that any evidence is classified, repeating that the onus is on Pelosi to back up her allegations. But Boehner wants the backward-looking to stop with Pelosi. He consistently denied any interest in a comprehensive truth commission or similar public review of Bush administration torture. "I don't believe that the enhanced-interrogation techniques were wrong," he said.
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