Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) confirmed Thursday that she is not the subject of a Justice Department probe into whether she agreed on a 2005 wiretapped phone call to seek leniency for two accused spies in exchange for help securing the ranking membership of the Intelligence Committee.
In a letter to Harmans lawyer released by the California Democrats office, acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Rita Glavin said the lawmaker is neither a subject nor a target of an ongoing investigation by the Criminal Division.
Harman made headlines in late April after news reports surfaced suggesting that she had been caught on a federal wiretap telling Haim Saban, a billionaire Democratic donor and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), that she would try to scuttle a Justice Department inquiry into two American Israel Public Affairs Committee employees accused of spying in return for help lobbying Pelosi for the top-ranking spot on the Intelligence panel.
Harman vigorously denied the story, and it was quickly knocked off the front page by intrigue over what Pelosi knew and when about Bush-era interrogation tactics. The Harman flap has stirred little interest since, but in a statement accompanying the Justice Department letter, which was sent June 16, she sought to bury it once and for all.
Earlier this year, I was the subject of media reports concerning transcripts of alleged government wiretaps, Harman said. To date, there has been no official confirmation that such transcripts exist or are accurate, and I have written to Attorney General [Eric] Holder asking for full disclosure. (It should be noted that if transcripts do exist, anyone leaking them to the press would be committing a felony.)
Harman continued, There are many pressing issues facing the country and the Congress, and I intend to maintain my focus on them, just as I have throughout my tenure in the House of Representatives.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.