A federal prosecutor's decision to bring an investigation involving the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee to a grand jury is, at the least,
an unwanted distraction at a critical time for the top Israel lobby - and
some worry that it could hamper the organization's effectiveness.
FBI agents searched AIPAC's headquarters here Wednesday, seizing files
associated with two senior staffers who were interviewed in August amid
allegations that a classified Pentagon document was leaked and passed on to
The agents also served subpoenas on four other senior staffers to appear
before a grand jury later this month. The four were Howard Kohr, the
group's executive director; Richard Fishman, the managing director; Renee
Rothstein, the communications director; and Raphael Danziger, the research
Though AIPAC in past months had sought to portray the investigation as
dying down, sources told JTA that federal investigators have interviewed
several former AIPAC employees in recent weeks.
AIPAC officials deny that any staff member has done anything wrong