Pelosi briefing secret, says Gene Taylor

U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, asked Tuesday night during a town hall meeting if he would ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to resign if she lied about a CIA briefing, responded, “It is her word against their word.”

“If you find out she lied,” said Bea Harrison of Vancleave, “would you be willing to ask her to step down?”

“I’m not going to get into ‘what ifs’ to the fourth degree,” Taylor, a Democrat from Bay St. Louis, said during the meeting attended by about 50 people at Gautier City Hall.

Pelosi has said she was misled by the CIA in a secret briefing in 2002 about torture.

“In fairness, when I go into a classified briefing they take my pager,” said Taylor. “They take my cell phone. They take all of the paper out of my pockets. I can write notes while in there and they take those notes back before I leave.”

Taylor is chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces of the House Armed Services Committee.

The Mississippi Press