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Dem: 'Great concern' over wiretapping

From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was cautious on the issue of Congressional wiretapping in a meeting with reporters late this morning.

But he said the Justice Department "needs to take under consideration" whether it opens an investigation into the details of the wiretapping of members of Congress.

"The stories I've read give me great concern," Hoyer said. But he insisted he wants "to find more facts before I answer" more fully.

After reports surfaced that Rep. Jane Harman was wiretapped in 2005, having a conversation with a suspected Israeli agent, Harman went on the offensive. She called on the Justice Department to release any and all transcripts.

Financial Commission? Hoyer also said he'd support a commission into what went wrong with the financial system, as proposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"The bottom line is I think everybody wants to get to the bottom of why this happened," he said, adding, "We need to get to the of it, so we can fix it and ensure this never happens again. ... I think a commission certainly could be useful."

But he wants to be sure any inquiry would be as a "complement", "not a substitute" to the work already done by Democratic-controlled committees.

He said FDIC Chair Sheila Bair, who attended the House Democratic caucus meeting last night, told the Democrats that all financial transactions "ought to be regulated."

Health care: Hoyer focused much of his opening remarks on health-care reform and said his goal is for health-care legislation to be introduced before the August recess.