Harman denies CQ report

April 20, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Jane Harman denies a report she was heard on intelligence tapes saying she would help officials at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that sources said Harman, D-Calif., was caught on a U.S. government wiretap telling an Israeli agent she would help AIPAC officials acing espionage charges.

The newspaper reported the Israeli agent promised to lobby House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also D-Calif., who then was the House minority leader, to appoint Harman as chairwoman of the House Intelligence Committee once Democrats gained control of Congress

Harman denied the report, which appeared in CQ Politics, the newspaper reported.

"These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact. I never engaged in any such activity," she said in a statement. "Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves."

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