By Rebecca Shabad - 04/08/14 09:07 AM EDT
Liz Cheney on Tuesday defended her father from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s criticism that he cheered on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques blasted in a recent Senate report.
Cheney said Pelosi herself was briefed on the programs, and suggested her criticism of former Vice President Dick Cheney was hypocritical.
“She forgot she was briefed on the program, later to admit it," Cheney said. "And I have to say that when I heard those comments yesterday, I was reminded of something that Margaret Thatcher once said about one of her political opponents. Mrs. Pelosi’s problem is her spine doesn’t reach her brain.”
“We’ve got too many in Washington who were all in favor to doing everything necessary to defend the nation after 9/11 and now seem to be not interested in looking at the facts, but really just looking for a way, frankly, to cast blame and say things that aren’t true about those brave men and women,” Liz Cheney said Tuesday.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) in an interview on Sunday said former Vice President Cheney “set a tone and attitude” for the CIA.
Pelosi said the attitude over employing the harsh interrogation techniques came from Dick Cheney. “I think he’s proud of it,” she said.
She made the comments following a vote by the Senate Intelligence Committee to declassify a summary of a new report that reportedly found the CIA misled the government and public on its enhanced interrogation program.
At a recent event at American University, the former vice president defended the program that started during the George W. Bush administration.
“If I would have to do it all over again, I would,” Cheney said. “The results speak for themselves.”