December 1, 2004

by Reb Yudel
AIPAC Investigation Continues

JTA - Breaking News:

The FBI subpoenaed four senior staffers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to appear before a grand jury.

The FBI searched the Washington office of the pro-Israel lobby on Wednesday, seeking additional files related to two staffers who were interviewed by the agency in August -- Research Director Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, deputy director for foreign policy issues. The FBI also delivered the grand jury subpoenas, AIPAC said in a statement that did not name the four "senior staff members." An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the search, but had no further comment.

Federal investigators reportedly have been investigating AIPAC for two years, and the case is said to focus around a former Pentagon official suspected of passing a classified draft policy statement on Iran to AIPAC, which allegedly then passed it on to Israel.

In a statement Wednesday, AIPAC continued to deny any wrongdoing. "Neither AIPAC nor any member of our staff has broken any law," the statement said. "We are fully cooperating with the governmental authorities. We believe any court of law or grand jury will conclude that AIPAC employees have always acted legally, properly and appropriately."

Joshua Micah Marshall adds:
I hear the investigation remains quite active and continues to focus almost entirely on Steven Rosen, AIPAC's Director of Foreign Policy Issues.

So it's come down to this: Steven Rosen vs. the Bush Administration and John Ashcroft's Justice Department. I don't think this blog is going to be taking sides on this one....

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