Dem Harman Caught On Tape Making Deals For Committee Chairmanship

Secret agent Rep. Jane Harman was reportedly caught on tape making deals with AIPAC officials for their support in helping her land the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee.
CQ Politics reported:

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 to 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.

…It’s true that allegations of pro-Israel lobbyists trying to help Harman get the chairmanship of the intelligence panel by lobbying and raising money for Pelosi aren’t new.

They were widely reported in 2006, along with allegations that the FBI launched an investigation of Harman that was eventually dropped for a “lack of evidence.”

What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for “lack of evidence,” it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush’s top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

So why was this story leaked by the Far Left now?
Harman has been out of favor with the Far Left for quite some time.
So it makes sense that the Far Left leakers would target her. Maybe its the news from last week that Obama will not prosecute Bush officials for protecting the country that sent the leakers over the edge?
Who knows.
Also, its interesting that pro-Israel lobbyists were raising money for Pelosi.
They must believe she is the least anti-Israel of the bunch.

More… So why was Harman’s phone being tapped?

UPDATE: James Lewis at American Thinker sees top Obama officials involved in this unprecedented NSA leak.

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