Harman defiant

HARMAN DEFIANT…. Given yesterday’s revelations, it seemed Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) would be on the defensive. With that in mind, it was interesting to see her strike a defiant note this afternoon on MSNBC.

The congresswoman, speaking to Andrea Mitchell, reiterated her claim that she didn’t intervene with anyone — not the Justice Department, or the White House — in the AIPAC case. And she renewed her call for DOJ to disclose all the material associated with the investigation into her that, according to CQ’s report, Alberto Gonzales helped stymie.

“If there are tapes out there, bring it on!” she said, calling the government wiretapping that reportedly picked up her conversation, “a gross abuse of power.”

Whether the wiretap was an abuse is far from clear; there’s ample reason to believe the surveillance was completely legit. As for Harman’s call for the Justice Department to release what might be incriminating evidence against her, the congresswoman’s position sounds pretty confident.

Then again, so did Rod Blagojevich when he said something similar a few months ago. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.