WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) "ought to either present the evidence or apologize" in the wake of her comments that CIA officials misled her about the use of controversial interrogation techniques on terrorist suspects.
"Lying to the Congress of the United States is a crime," Boehner said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "And if the speaker is accusing the CIA and other intelligence officials of lying or misleading the Congress, then she should come forward with evidence and turn that over to the Justice Department so they can be prosecuted."
He added: "And if that's not the case, I think she ought to apologize to our intelligence professionals around the world."
Boehner's comments were the latest attempt by Republicans to focus on what Pelosi knew about interrogation tactics in 2002, when she was the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Republicans have suggested that Pelosi, who has criticized the use of controversial interrogation tactics in recent years, did not object to them in private briefings at that time and has given inconsistent comments as to when she learned of the use of waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.