Pelosi: Cheney set a ‘tone’ for CIA

 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday said former Vice President Dick Cheney “set a tone and an attitude” for the CIA.

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“I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA,” Pelosi said while discussing a Senate report on enhanced interrogation techniques during the Bush era on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

That report found the CIA misled the government and public about its interrogation program, according to multiple reports.

“Many people in the CIA are so patriotic, they … protect our country in a way to avoid conflict and violence, etc. 

“But the attitude that was there was very, I think, it came from Dick Cheney. That's what I believe,” Pelosi said.

“I think he's proud of it,” she added.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Sunday questioned the objectivity of the report.

Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” Hayden pointed to reported motivations of Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), whose committee recently voted to declassify the report.

Hayden questioned the objectivity of a report from Feinstein’s committee, citing reports that she was looking to issue a “scathing” condemnation of the enhanced interrogation methods.

“I don’t think it leads you to an objective report,” he said.