Democratic Representative NOT Caught On Tape

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In all likelihood, the conversions between Rep. Harman and an Israeli agent for a little quid pro quo were captured on an electronic surveillance wiretap storage device thingy.

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.

(See related transcript of Jeff Stein online Q&A about his column.)

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.

Big fucking deal.  Congresswoman Harman denies it.   Despite three independent sources corroborating the existence of the faux tape, she must be telling the truth.  Ask Israeli Number One.

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