GOP: Torture Probe Must Include Pelosi

Republicans say speaker knew; hope to quiet Dems on matter
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 11, 2009 9:42 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill, May 6, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – As calls continue for an investigation of Bush administration officials over torture, Republicans think they may have an ace in the hole: Nancy Pelosi, they say, knew waterboarding had taken place but didn’t try to stop it. Some Republicans think threatening the House Speaker will make her and fellow Democrats reluctant to press the issue, Politico reports.

“If someone is going to schedule hearings, I believe that the first witness should be Nancy Pelosi,” said one House Republican. “Clearly, she was involved in policy formulation.” Intelligence records released last week say Pelosi was told in 2002 that harsh techniques were used on a terror suspect. Pelosi has said she was told only that such techniques might eventually be used.