The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Leon E. Panetta, has told the House Intelligence Committee in closed-door testimony that the C.I.A. concealed "significant actions" from Congress from 2001 until late last month, seven Democratic committee members said.
In a June 26 letter to Mr. Panetta discussing his testimony, Democrats
said that the agency had "misled members" of Congress for eight years about the
classified matters, which the letter did not disclose. "This is similar to other
deceptions of which we are aware from other recent periods," said the letter,
made public late Wednesday by Representative Rush D. Holt, Democrat of New
Jersey, one of the signers.
In an interview, Mr. Holt declined to reveal the nature of the C.I.A.'s
alleged deceptions. But he said, "We wouldn't be doing this over a trivial
As Benen asks, why aren't Congressional Republicans worried about this? Could it be "that Dems are right about this, but can't be too critical because it would undermine their baseless smear against Speaker Pelosi. Congressional Republicans, in other words, refuse to let facts get in the way of a good lie."