Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) is “feeling left out” of the loop after a report that Israel had spied on the U.S./Iranian nuclear negotiations.
“I haven’t had any of them coming up and talking with me about where the deal is,” Corker said Wednesday morning. “I was kind of wondering who it was they were meeting with.”
Then, jokingly: “I kind of felt left out.”
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the espionage Sunday, and said that Israel had used intelligence it gained to lobby Republican members of Capitol Hill against President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal.
The White House had been more concerned about Israel’s sharing intelligence with its political opponents than in the spying itself. The GOP and some Democrats are demanding final approval over any deal Obama strikes with Iran.
“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other,” said one official. ”It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy.”
But congressional Republicans said they had no idea about the spying or any subsequent intelligence. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said he was “baffled” by the report, while Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) denied having any contact with Israeli representatives involving intelligence over the Iranian deal
Israel has denied the spying allegations.
[h/t The Hill]
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