FBI wants to meet with top House Members in NSA leak probe

Published: Thursday May 25, 2006

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to interview leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives over leaks of information related the the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance activities today's edition of ROLL CALL reports.

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The FBI is seeking interviews with top House Members from both parties to determine whether they leaked details of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program to The New York Times, further fanning the flames of an already tense relationship between Capitol Hill and the Bush administration.

Those being targeted for interviews include GOP and Democratic leaders, as well as the chairmen and ranking member of the Intelligence committee. Altogether, 15 senior Members and Senators were briefed about the existence of the NSA program before the Times first disclosed it in a Dec. 16 article, according to briefing records released last week by John Negroponte, director of the Office of National Intelligence.


When asked about her knowledge of the FBI inquiry into lawmakers' contacts with the Times, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, would only say, "There is no credible claim that anyone in Congress leaked anything."

"So far as I know, there has been no request in writing," Harman added. "I urge the Justice Department to carefully consider separation-of-powers issues and the appearance of intimidation before proceeding any further."