Rep. Harman Asks Justice to Release NSA Transcripts
By Mary Jacoby | April 21, 2009 7:11 pm

California Rep. Jane Harman wrote Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday to ask him to release an NSA wiretap transcript  in which she reportedly offered to help two American Israel Public Affairs Committee officials suspected of spying for Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported.

CQ on Sunday evening broke the explosive news that Harman had been caught on the wiretaps in 2005 offering to intervene in the DOJ’s espionage case against Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, in exchange for assistance with fundraising in her attempt to win incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement for chair of the House Intelligence Committee.

Jane Harman (Getty Images)

Jane Harman (Getty Images)

According to the Journal:

In her letter to Mr. Holder, Ms. Harman doesn’t deny speaking to advocates for the AIPAC lobbyists. She said only that she took no action on their behalf. In addition, Ms. Harman didn’t address the question of whether she used the matter to further her ambition of running the committee.

Ms. Harman said conversations with advocates are part of routine congressional work and called on Mr. Holder to investigate whether other members of Congress were subject to eavesdropping by executive-branch agencies.

“As you know, it is entirely appropriate to converse with advocacy organizations and constituent groups, and I am concerned about a chilling effect on other elected officials who may find themselves in my situation,” Ms. Harman wrote.

The Israeli agent reportedly caught on the wiretap speaking with Harman hasn’t been identified. Rosen and Weissman are slated for trial in June.


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