|Jane Harmon with the Butcher of Beirut, Ariel Sharon|
Sidney Harman, husband of former Rep. Jane Harman was the owner of Newsweek untill he died at age 92.
In October 2006, Time magazine, quoting anonymous sources, asserted that an FBI and US Department of Justice investigation of Harman was underway. The magazine alleged that Harman had agreed to lobby the Department of Justice to reduce espionage charges against Steve J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, two officials at the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) [they got away with it]. In exchange, Time said there was a quid pro quo in which AIPAC would lobby then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to appoint Harman as chair of the House Intelligence Committee if the Democrats captured the House after the 2006 elections. Harman, the FBI, the Justice Department and Pelosi's office have all denied knowledge of or involvement with any investigation. AIPAC denied it had engaged in a quid pro quo with Harman. "AIPAC would never engage in a quid pro quo in relation to a federal investigation or any federal matter and the notion that it would do so is preposterous," a spokesperson said at the time.
In April 2009, CQ Politics, also quoting anonymous sources, said Harman had been captured on a National Security Agency wiretap prior to the 2006 elections, telling an "Israeli agent" that she would "waddle into" lobbying the Department of Justice on the AIPAC case. Harman ended the phone call, according to CQ, by saying, "This conversation doesn’t exist." Harman denied the allegations, saying: "These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact. I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves."
According to CQ, then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pressed Central Intelligence Agency Director Porter Goss to drop the agency's investigation of Harman because he wanted Harman's support during the NSA warrantless surveillance controversy about to break in The New York Times. Harman called The New York Times and urged them not to publish details on the program. Gonzales and Goss declined to comment.
In point of fact, Harman had been the ranking Democrat on the House committee prior to the 2006 election, making her the most likely appointee. Pelosi appointed Silvestre Reyes instead.
Jane Harmon quote: "Our fight, and we must continue it, is against the threats and the actions of the extreme regime in Iran who threaten our Democratic ally, nuclear armed- clandestine- will not sign the Non-Proliferation treaty because they say they don't have to- while Iran did- Israel and who threaten the entire world with the prospect of a nuclear bomb [even though there has never been a shred of evidence.]."