Harman: Release Wiretap Transcripts
Calif. rep decries 'outrageous' 'abuse of power'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 1:05 PM CDT
Rep. Jane Harman, left, stands with other US lawmakers during a 2008 visit with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – California Rep. Jane Harman demanded today that Justice Department release “unredacted” transcripts of telephone conversations recorded without her knowledge, Politico reports. Harman demanded the wiretapped conversations be released in response to media reports that she was recorded agreeing to try to help two pro-Israel lobbyists accused of spying in exchange for them touting her for chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee.

“This abuse of power is outrageous,” Harman wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder, “and I call on your Department to release all transcripts and other investigative material involving me in an unredacted form. It is my intention to make this material available to the public.”