May 3rd, 2009
02:20 PM ET
14 years ago

Harman speaks out on wiretap controversy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Congresswoman Jane Harman, D-California, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference Sunday she asked Attorney General Eric Holder to disclose all information related to the wiretap controversy involving her, and related to AIPAC.

"I want it all out there. I want it in public," she said again. "I want everyone to understand, including me, what has happened."

Harman has recently faced scrutiny over reports the government intercepted a conversation she had several years ago, in which she reportedly agreed to seek leniency for Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, former lobbyists for AIPAC accused of espionage.

Prosecutors dropped the case against Rosen and Weissman on Friday.

Harman denied contacting anyone in the government about their case.

The AIPAC crowd warmly received Harman with frequent applause. She called herself a warrior for the American Constitution and against power abuse, and she said she never wants anyone to find themselves wiretapped.

"This issue is obviously creating a chilling effect on hard working, bipartisan members of Congress who care intensely about the U.S.-Israel security relationship and have every right to talk to advocacy groups and good friends about that relationship," she said.

She said she believes strongly in the Fourth Amendment, which mandates that officials must serve warrants to search property and people.

"I have never ever supported warrantless wiretaps on Americans, nor would I," she said.

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