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Monday, April 09, 2007

Rahall: Pelosi Personally Told Bush Of Syria Trip And He Did Not Object

via - Think Progress

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), who traveled last week with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as part of her delegation to the Middle East, said this morning on C-Span that Pelosi told Bush of the trip to Syria a day before they left, and Bush did not object.

Rahall said, “The Speaker had met with President Bush in the halls of the U.S. Capitol just the day before we left and mentioned to him that we were going to Syria. No response at all from the President.”


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Despite the White House’s public rhetoric that the trip was a “bad idea,” President Bush “did not tell her not to go, nor did the State Department tell us not to go,” Rahall said. “The State Department was certainly aware of our traveling to Syria and our full itinerary. And there were State Department officials in every meeting that we had on this codel. So that is all hogwash as far as I’m concerned.”

Transcript:

CALLER: I am a Republican. And I thought under the Logan Act that Ms. Pelosi has committed a felony because under our Constitution, section 2 of the Constitution, that the president is the one who conducts — sends the people off, to conduct our foreign affairs. Now he told her he didn’t want her to go. That is a violation of the Logan Act. She should be hauled off in jail because if i was to commit a felony, i’d be hauled off and gone to jail.



RAHALL: First of all, that’s baloney. We were in violation of no u.s. laws. Second of all, the President did not tell her not to go, nor did the State Department tell us not to go. There were three Republican members of Congress in Damascus a few days before our trip. There was a Republican member of Congress in Damascus meeting with the President after our trip.



The Speaker had met with President Bush in the halls of the U.S. Capitol just the day before we left and mentioned to him that we were going to Syria. No response at all from the President. The State Department was certainly aware of our traveling to Syria and our full itinerary. And there were State Department officials in every meeting that we had on this codel. So that is all hogwash as far as I’m concerned.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Parson said...

I am not really sure why she went there in the first place. What was she trying to prove?

title="comment permalink">April 09, 2007 10:43 PM  
Blogger Hill said...

Go Speaker Pelosi! Imagine a leader reaching out to various leaders in the Middle East in what could be the beginning of a negotiated peace in the region. You don't have to imagine such a leader. Her name is Speaker Pelosi.

title="comment permalink">April 10, 2007 8:48 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Parson - I know that you are pretty sharp on the issues, but have you read the Iraq Study Group report? To acheive peace and stability in the middle east, we MUST TALK to Syria and Iran.

Bush would rather BOMB these peopole than negotiate with them. Nancy Pelosi is playing surrogate as #3, since #1 and #2 (appropriate numbers for THEM) refuse to engage in diplomacy.

Hill - AMEN to THAT!

title="comment permalink">April 10, 2007 8:53 PM  
Blogger Parson said...

Would she be better off back here in the US trying to IMPEACH and get a better president in office? The speaker of the house can't be making deals with other countries. We would all be screaming bloody murder if a republican speaker did that to a democatic president. (maybe this has happend before and I don't know it)
I would hate to see this kind of thing become policy. It's not how guys that founded our country wanted it done. I guess I'm on the wrong (or right) side of the fence on this issue.

title="comment permalink">April 11, 2007 2:44 AM  

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