Pro-Israel stalwart Harman quitting US Congress

By JTA
February 8, 2011 15:55

WASHINGTON -- US Rep. Jane Harman, a pro-Israel stalwart with close ties to the US intelligence community, will quit Congress.

Harman (D-Calif.) reportedly is leaving to run the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center, a preeminent foreign policy think tank. She is replacing Lee Hamilton, also a prominent former Democratic congressman.

Harman, known for her ties with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in 2009 was embroiled in the controversy over espionage-related charges against two former AIPAC staffers.

Intelligence officials leaked to Congressional Quarterly a wiretapped conversation from 2006 that conveyed the impression that Harman told an Israeli agent that she would intervene on behalf of the accused staffers.

Harman fiercely denied the charges and demanded the release of the full conversation. US Justice Department officials noted that she was not under any investigation.


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