Report: Pelosi Admits She Knew About Harman Wiretap

Published April 22, 2009

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed Wednesday that the National Security Agency briefed her "a few years ago" about wiretapping Rep. Jane Harman, but she never told her California colleague. 

Roll Call newspaper on Capitol Hill reported that Pelosi said the NSA did not tell her what was picked up on the call but it wasn't her decision whether to discuss the tape with Harman..

"It was not my position to raise it with Jane Harman," Pelosi told reporters at a lunch with another newspaper, the Christian Science Monitor. "In fact, I didn't even know if what they were talking about was real. All they said was that she was wiretapped.

Congressional Quarterly reported Monday that the former senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee was overheard agreeing to intervene with the Bush Justice Department on behalf of Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. In exchange, the person seeking her assistance would lobby Pelosi to give Harman the chairmanship of the panel after the 2006 election. 

Harman campaigned to become the chairwoman when Democrats won control of the House in 2006 but Pelosi passed her over for Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-Texas.

In her strongest support so far for Harman, with whom she has clashed in the past, Pelosi reportedly said Wednesday, "I have great confidence in Jane Harman. ... She's a patriotic American. She would never do anything to hurt her country."

Government officials say the Justice Department is now considering dropping its case against the two lobbyists, according to the Associated Press.

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