Nancy Pelosi’s antipathy to the elevation of Rep. Jane Harman – a ranking member of of the House Intelligence Committee – to the chair of that committee in 2006 makes more sense in the light of this story:
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.
Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, “This conversation doesn’t exist.”
Except that, apparently, it does.
The plot gets thicker, with former Bush administration AG Alberto Gonzales apparently quashing the probe of Harman’s conversation to secure her support for the warrantless wiretapping program that the New York Times was preparing to break.