House Will Probe Possible CIA Lies

Panel Republicans decry inquiry as partisan politics
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 5:08 PM CDT
Pete Hoekstra, ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, left, accompanied by Committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes, answer questions on Capitol Hill, Dec. 12, 2007.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The House Intelligence Committee will investigate whether the CIA lied to Congress and violated the National Security Act, the Hill reports. The probe stems from claims by new CIA chief Leon Panetta and Rep. Nancy Pelosi that the agency regularly misled Congress.

Republicans on the intelligence panel dismissed the inquiry as partisan posturing: “The chairman and I talked about doing a balanced review of congressional notifications, an issue we both agree should be reviewed,” said Rep. Pete Hoekstra. “Instead, they announced an investigation of ‘violation’ of the National Security Act when the current facts clearly do not support such an accusation.”