Investigations

Pelosi Knew of Wiretap

Congresswoman Jane Harman’s legal troubles, stemming from an alleged quid pro quo with an Israeli agent overheard on a wiretap, are not apparently news to everyone: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said the NSA briefed her on the wiretap “a few years ago,” though she was not told what the eavesdroppers overheard on the call and did not tell Harman at the time. “I have great confidence in Jane Harman,” Pelosi said. “She’s a patriotic American. She would never do anything to hurt her country.” Her knowledge of the wiretap perhaps explains her decision to pass over Harman for the House Intelligence Committee chairmanship in 2006.