GOP Blasts Pelosi as Dems Rip CIA Over Torture

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 11:10 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Republicans are slamming Nancy Pelosi for saying she felt she had no recourse when informed of harsh interrogation tactics in 2003, Politico reports. “If she felt it was wrong, she should have acted,” John McCain said. Some critics suggest the House speaker could have written a letter or requested a meeting with the president. A Pelosi aide said, “We were not in a position to change the policy.”

Democrats in turn accused the CIA of buck-passing by releasing the document outlining who was briefed and when. “I think there is so much embarrassment in some quarters that people are going to try to shift some of the responsibility to others,” said Sen. Carl Levin. Asked if the CIA was trying to deflect blame, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was quick to answer. “Sure it is.”