NSA Wiretap: Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

CQ Politics

Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would “waddle into” the AIPAC case “if you think it’ll make a difference,” according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

In exchange for Harman’s help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

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8 thoughts on “NSA Wiretap: Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC

  1. From Page 2 of the CQ article: “Such accounts go a long way toward explaining not only why Harman was denied the gavel of the House Intelligence Committee, but failed to land a top job at the CIA or Homeland Security Department in the Obama administration.”

    Later on Page 2: Then-CIA Director Porter J. Goss reviewed the Harman transcript and signed off on the Justice Department’s FISA application. He also decided that, under a protocol involving the separation of powers, it was time to notify then-House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Minority Leader Pelosi, of the FBI’s impending national security investigation of a member of Congress — to wit, Harman.”

    And on Page 3: “Pelosi and Hastert never did get the briefing.”

    How did Nancy Pelosi know to pass over Harman, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, for the chair, when the Dems took back the House?

    Obama would have known, because I’m sure Rahm Emmanuel MUST have known, since this involved Israel. But this was in 2008-9, as the Obama Team was being formed. Pelosi had to know as far back as 2006, after the elections, if not before.

    Well, here is another Dem we need to weed out of the garden. I like the part about how the Bush Administration let her slide on the illegal lobbying to get her support for the illegal wiretaps. If I were Harman, I’d be looking to make a deal to go away quietly in exchange for Obama, “not having to look back”. We need to be rid of all the Dems who share closets full of skeletons with Bush and his cronies.

  2. I second the vote on getting rid of Pelosi & Harman.

    Q – How did Nancy Pelosi know to pass over Harman, the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee, for the chair, when the Dems took back the House?

    This is from November 29, 2006: http://www.pacificviews.org/weblog/archives/002343.html

    Rep. Harman is under investigation for possibly allowing the Israeli-backed lobbying group AIPAC to improperly influence a Justice Dept. probe into their activities.

    Rep. Harman’s unsuitability has to do with the possibility that she’s been improperly influenced by the lobbying arm of a foreign government, with some of those lobbyists suspected of sharing sensitive US intelligence with that foreign government.

  3. I think we should make Kucinich Speaker of the House, just to see the Republicans all implode! It sure would be a different House.

    I’m outta here, back in the early!

  4. It sounds like Harmon is either an unregistered agent for a foreign power, or a mole planted by the Israeli government. Either way, she should be arrested and charged with espionage and bribery. At the very least, misfeasance and malfeasance of office.

  5. Is anyone talking about the fact that the Bush Administration, after catching her in the wiretaps, stopped the probe (Gonzales), and then they used that information against her to make her publicly support their illegal wiretapping program?

    Isn’t that coercion? Blackmail?

    What Harmon did was seriously wrong. What the administration did was also seriously wrong.

  6. And continuing on along that line of thinking, who ELSE (how many others?) might the administration been listening to so they could use information against them to do their bidding….? Or keep them in line?

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