Today the controversy over what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it took a dramatic turn. CIA Director Leon Panetta issued a memo saying that the CIA doesn’t mislead Congress.
Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.
This memo is a big deal. This is an arm of the executive branch taking a direct shot (in return) at the sitting Speaker of the U.S. House. There is no way this memo was written or released without the direct knowledge of White House COS Rahm Emanual and maybe even the President himself.
That’s what we call high stakes politics, and I’m guessing the boys from Chicago are going to win this against the Madame from San Francisco. By the time the Sunday shows come around, there will be discussions about how long she can stay as Speaker.