“Rep. Jane Harman reportedly was overheard on a 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. Is Harman’s political career over?”
If Harman has a plausible defense, she may survive. Otherwise, Harman may have replaced Laura Richardson as Nancy Pelosi’s biggest embarrassment from the California delegation.
No but why is the NSA listening in to the telephone calls of a Member of Congress?
Oh Jane, poor Jane. NSA’s hung you in the media and you’re feeling so sad. This, too, shall pass.
The clock is ticking. Ted Leiu for Congress. Looks like the AG campaign will have to wait.
Chummy relationships with pro-Israeli groups won’t harm Harman in her congressional district, even if those relationships led to ethical misbehavior. They may have derailed any ambition she had for statewide office, however.
Wasn’t it already?
The congresswoman could wind up spending time at the Grey Bar Hotel!
Depends on who runs against her and whether or not the NRCC will spend the money. All bets are off if/when the actual transcript is released. That’s the only way any of this will stick.
It will be hard to be a congresswoman from a federal prison. I suspect they will pursue it. If not, it certainly damages her credibility and perhaps will remove her from the committee. Depends on how suspected the Israeli is and whether they want to expose the link.
No group is more powerful on Capitol Hill than AIPAC. She’ll survive.
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