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Democrats mount impassioned defense of Pelosi

They defeat a resolution to investigate the Speaker and insist that the CIA is not above criticism.

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Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday rallied to beat back calls for a bipartisan investigation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim that the Central Intelligence Agency lied to her in a September 2002 briefing.

The furor over her criticism of the CIA, they said, points to a truth of post-9/11 Washington: It has become politically risky to at throw stones the nation's security apparatus.

In dispute is what the CIA told Speaker Pelosi about severe interrogation methods, such as waterboarding. CIA officials say they told her these methods had been used against a detainee. She says they told her these methods had merely been approved for use.

Midday Thursday, Republican leader John Boehner called on Pelosi to produce evidence to back up her allegations: “The American people place their trust in our intelligence officials to keep them safe, and I think they deserve answers as quickly as possible.”

Later in the day, the House voted down party lines, 252 to 172, to derail a Republican resolution to set up a bipartisan congressional panel – two Democrats and two Republicans – to investigate Pelosi’s allegations.

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