Rove: Pelosi's an Accomplice to Torture
'Someone appears not to be telling the truth' about waterboarding
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2009 6:50 AM CDT
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, April 21, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Karl Rove indulges in a bit of revenge on Nancy Pelosi in his Wall Street Journal column today, writing that "the political persecution of Bush administration officials she has been pushing may now ensnare her." As evidence mounts that the CIA told her as early as 2002 about waterboarding—which "Democrats are calling" torture—Rove wonders whether Pelosi should be considered "an accessory to a crime."

After 9/11 Pelosi "not only agreed with what was being done, she apparently pressed the CIA to do more," Rove writes. The speaker has said multiple times that she was never told about the use of waterboarding, a contention present and past CIA directors deny. It's a "disgraceful" reversal, according to Rove, that should make Democrats think twice about investigating the Bush team, which would entail "throwing Mrs. Pelosi into their stew of torture conspirators."