Skip to comments.AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos [Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation]
Posted on 07/19/2004 5:07:42 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
AP: Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos
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By JOHN SOLOMON
WASHINGTON - President Clinton (news - web sites)'s national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a criminal investigation after admitting he removed highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned.
Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI (news - web sites) agents armed with warrants. Some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing.
Berger and his lawyer said Monday night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had taken from classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the National Archives by sticking them in his jacket and pants. He also inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio, they said.
"I deeply regret the sloppiness involved, but I had no intention of withholding documents from the commission, and to the contrary, to my knowledge, every document requested by the commission from the Clinton administration was produced," Berger said in a statement to the AP.
Berger served as Clinton's national security adviser for all of the president's second term and most recently has been informally advising Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (news - web sites). Clinton asked Berger last year to review and select the administration documents that would be turned over to the commission.
The FBI searched Berger's home and office with warrants earlier this year after employees of the National Archives told agents they believed they witnessed Berger put documents into his clothing while reviewing sensitive Clinton administration papers, officials said.
When asked, Berger said he returned some of the classified documents, which he found in his office, and all of the handwritten notes he had taken from the secure room, but said he could not locate two or three copies of the highly classified millennium terror report.
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You are so correct. Being nicey, nicey with these people does NOT work. Look at what T. Kennedy has done. It doesn't work.
This and "Illegals" puts a sour note on this administration. Admit, it sure beats the hell out of the alternative, but not really happy, happy. Maybe setting up for 2nd term, but I doubt it.
Pandering is more common today just to get re-elected. I don't have to like it though.
Chipmunk Cheeks is in BIG TROUBLE!!
And a fine photo it is of Julius Berger, Che` Kerry and Fidel Clinton at the Hanoi Embassy.
Something tells me that we won't ever hear about that comment again ROFLMAO.
What we will see in the next few weeks, is the Democrats doing damage control, the DEM Convention is going to look like a Wake, and not a Wellstone Wake either.
I did notice that .. might be because they know they can't stuff this story under the rug and have to pin it on someone
oh no its Berger-gate.
I wonder what was in his FBI file to do this act to protect Hitlary and Bill.
(2) Did the after-report documents which Berger apparently stole and destroyed contain explicit warnings to Clinton about Al Queda plans to use airplanes to target buildings? If so, did the Clintons order these destroyed to eliminate the clear evidence of their own malfeasance?
I think it's more than a payoff. It's putting a compromised person in a position of great information gathering. At that point, Bubba could not very well trust the folks in the CIA to give him information. He went above them. Or maybe he thought that he was going around the CIA. Who knows.
Oh, we were joking. I hope it's clear I've got a firm handle on how the clintons and their minions operate.
Isn't it amazing how Kerry is in hiding this week? They knew this was coming and there is more to come.
The report was that he stuffed some of the notes in his jacket, and stuffed some in his pants...What is it about Clinton-related scandals and pants?
We'll know why this story broke now soon when other parties start leaking and spinning.
Funny, not on the LA Times website
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It will be interesting to see what Kerry does now with Berger.
There needs to be some electronic gadget that I don't own that would tape Rush's show for me. And a tape recorder just won't do it, I don't think.
Oh, we're only talking about papers. Time to "move on." (/cynicism)
Ahh..finally a story that cannot be ignored. Clinton official will dominate the headlines. They;ve dodged before,,they;ll do it again. Kerry is going to be looking like a monkey humping a football for the next few weeks. Berger IS ADVISING KERRY ON FOREIGN POLICY. Enough said.
I've got to go feed my dogs, as they are milling about mournfully. I'd like to think that when we wake up in the morning, this story will have become a media firestorm. Not likely, but I can hope. Night, Onyx. We are only just beginning to learn about this story. Details are sketchy now, and there's much to piece together. But FReepers are good at it.
How long before Matthews invites Kristen and the other New Jersey widows to come on his show and cry foul? Don't hold your breath.
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