Susan Estrich: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now claims that intelligence officials misled her about the use of waterboarding when she was briefed in 2002.
Previously, it was reported that she, as the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee at the time, had been told about waterboarding as an interrogation technique and had raised no objections to it — a claim that obviously called into question the speaker’s support for a “truth commission” to find out who (else) took that position.
“We were told that they had legal opinions that it was legal and were not told about other legal opinions to the contrary,” Pelosi told reporters this week, describing the briefing. “We were told specifically that waterboarding was not being used.”
Pelosi claimed that she learned about CIA waterboarding later from other members of Congress. “I wasn’t briefed. I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said. Read the rest here
If I were a betting man I would say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lied! How would you bet?