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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Whitewater: Bruce Lindsey, is named by the prosecution as an unindicted co-conspirator
Bruce Lindsey is the deputy White House counsel and a longtime friend and adviser to President Clinton. He was the treasurer for then Governor Clinton's 1990 reelection campaign. It is that association which interests prosecutors in the current Whitewater-related trial in Little Rock.
This case involves two owners of a small town Arkansas bank, Perry County Bank. Their names are Herby Branscum, Jr. and Robert Hill. And Mr. Branscum at least is an old friend and political supporter of the President. The basic charge is that they did various illegal activities to support then Gov. Clinton's reelection campaign in Arkansas in 1990, and the allegations are in particular that they withdrew more than $13,000, misapplied their own bank's funds to funnel them to the Clinton reelection campaign, and that they conspired to conceal from the Internal Revenue Service more than $50,000 in cash withdrawals by the Clinton Reelection Campaign.
the prosecution has claimed that Bruce Lindsey took some of the cash withdrawals. He was the treasurer of the 1990 Clinton campaign. The prosecution has said and he has acknowledged that in May and November 1990, he received large cash withdrawals totaling more than $50,000, received them in person in one case and arranged them in another case from the Perry County Bank for what they call get out the vote money. And the allegation against these defendants is that they conspired to conceal this from the IRS because any time you withdraw more than $10,000 in cash from any bank for any purpose, you're supposed to file a currency transaction report with the Internal Revenue Service. That was not done here. The claim against Mr. Hill and Mr. Branscum is that they conspired not to do it for an illegal purpose, and if Mr. Lindsey is named as an unindicted co-conspirator, the prosecution is essentially saying he was in on the conspiracy too.
Neil Ainley, who had been president of the bank, he's now the star witness against Branscum and Hill, he will probably say Bruce Lindsey told me not to report this to the Internal Revenue Service, the purpose of introducing such evidence at this trial would be to show that there was a broader conspiracy for purposes of trying to convict Mr. Hill and Mr. Branscum of being part of it.
Mr. Lindsey has admitted that he asked the bank to break it into four $7500 checks in one case instead of a single $30,000 check. He has said--and that has drawn the prosecution's suspicion. Why would you do that? You're trying to avoid the $10,000 limitation. This is called structuring transactions if you do it for the purpose of not reporting it. Mr. Lindsey has said that was not his purpose, that he had no reason to try and hide this from the IRS, that, in fact, he publicly reported this contribution in campaign filings later. He said his reason for the four $7500 amounts was to try and make sure that some bank clerk somewhere didn't tell the newspapers and they get a big story in the newspaper about $30,000 in cash being pulled out by the Clinton campaign for gosh knows what purpose.
The then governor in December 1990, just after he'd been reelected as governor, $7,000 in contributions from Mr. Hill, Mr. Branscum, and the prosecution's witness, Mr. Ainley, and at the same meeting, they discussed Mr. Branscum's desire for an appointment to a powerful patronage job on the State Highway Commission, which he subsequently got. And so the problem for the President in this case is partly the prosecution's claiming that his closest adviser, Bruce Lindsey, was part of a criminal conspiracy, if they so claim, and partly the depiction of what looks like a fairly seamy, "you give me the money, I give you the appointment" type of transaction in the governor's office.
It does,doesn't it. LOL
I do hope someone on the COmmission takes the time to go through every document Berger touched to make sure he didn't slip something IN as well as out.
Bookmark. later, gator. My eyes are closing.
If I read correctly the archive official went to Berger and asked for the docs back. He did not have them all because he destroyed some so I believe the FBI was then involved in the case.
The reason why the Jersey Girls got so involved was because of a classified document that was faxed to them
maybe it was caught on tape...not actually seen.
The Ubiquitous Mr. Fix-It
By Adam Cohen
(TIME, March 23) -- If you believe Dolly Kyle Browning, who wrote a vanity-press novel about her alleged affair with Bill Clinton, the White House was so eager to keep her quiet that a top aide approached her to cut a deal. In exchange for agreeing not to publicly use the A words (adultery and affair), Browning told Paula Jones' lawyers, the White House promised that Clinton would not tell any untruths about her and she would be permitted to say that she and Clinton had a 33-year relationship that from time to time included sex.
The aide who worked out the deal, Browning says, was White House deputy counsel Bruce Lindsey. Back in Arkansas, it was chief of staff Betsey Wright who quieted the "bimbo eruptions"--a phrase she coined--so the Clinton show could go on. Last week's filings assert that Lindsey has taken on that role in the White House. Independent counsel Ken Starr is so interested in Lindsey that he has called him before the grand jury three times in two months. The relentlessly low-profile Lindsey has always been an enigmatic figure, best known for playing late-night games of hearts with his old pal turned President and lurking just on the edge of White House photo ops. But the picture that emerges in Jones' court papers is of a shrewd Mr. Fix-It, who has been at Clinton's side for several years' worth of eruptions and who has not hesitated to urge that the truth be shaded to make Clinton's problems go away.
Lindsey came to Washington as a Clinton insider. The slightly built, bookish Little Rock lawyer has a corporate middle manager's taste in clothing and a recluse's allergy to the media. But his dry job title and self-effacing manner have largely obscured the pivotal role he has played in the White House for the past six years. Lindsey has been Clinton's friend and traveling companion, as well as his adviser on matters ranging from Whitewater to the campaign-finance investigation. His nicknames have run the gamut from "the Enforcer" to "the Consigliere," the Sicilian word for a trusted counsel to a Mafia chieftain. He is, by most accounts, Clinton's closest confidant apart from the First Lady.
The President's own deposition puts Lindsey in the thick of things. Clinton believes it was Lindsey who first told him Monica Lewinsky might be called as a witness in the Paula Jones case. And he says the first time he recalls seeing Jones herself was on television, and that he said at the time to Lindsey, "Bruce, do we know this lady? Who is this person?" But it is the female witnesses who contend that the Enforcer worked overtime trying to compel a silence about Clinton's past sexual relationships. Lindsey was allegedly in contact with Linda Tripp, his former subordinate, after she saw Kathleen Willey emerge disheveled from an alleged Oval Office sexual encounter. Browning, meanwhile, says that in addition to working out their deal, Lindsey was her White House contact about her relationship with the President, and he was the person she called when she was subpoenaed by Jones. Lindsey, for his part, has maintained a characteristic silence in the face of the charges. This time, it's not entirely his doing: his grand jury testimony two weeks ago was halted when the White House asserted that some of Lindsey's conversations with Clinton were protected by Executive privilege.
You have to wonder how long the press has been sitting on this.
Because either this is the biggest story since Princess Di, or they've had a while to get these stories together.
Wilson is a liar, Berger is a thief, and Kerry is on vacation. It's almost like Shakespeare wrote this.
I always laugh to myself when some idiot from the left claims Bush went into Iraq to settle his father's record or to retaliate for Saddam's threat on his father's life. I don't see the President as that kind of man. I do think, however, that he wouldn't mind that history showed, once and for all, how wrong the country was when it replaced his father with Clinton.
Kudos to you!
good night peach
hopefully by tommorow this will have spread like a virus against the dems.
Yes, I do love it.........but I'd love to know why today.
Perhaps payback for Max Cleland?
Now THAT is HUGE!
I am still in shock. Berger was an attorney and knows the ramifications of this. IT MUST BE HUGH. What ever it is.
Do a search on here. There was an article. I can't recall the exact title, but something like Edwards' wife .....
It also could be close to being completed.
That might make an excellent poster.
What's that in your pants Sandy? Is it a classified report or are you just glad to see me?
" Day are Girlie men"
Holy cow! What thread is that from?
Not this time, Paul. In this election year, Republican pros are going to do great damage with this. Let's bring it on.
Now let's review: Berger goes through docs and perloins several. Then Lindsey raises a stink about the Bush administration "holding documents back".
The wife of vice presidential hopeful John Edwards is defending Whoopi Goldberg after the potty-mouthed comedienne attacked President Bush with an X-rated monologue at Thursday night's Kerry-Edwards fundraiser in New York.
Rejecting calls for her husband's campaign to apologize for Goldberg's outburst, Mrs. Edwards said Friday that the anti-Bush tirade was justified." "A lot of people are going to be angry - there's a lot to be angry about," she told reporters at a fundraising breakfast on Manhattan's West side. "It's a free country and people are going to express that anger."
All I can say is 'wow.'
There is a way to tape the radio programs using your vcr believe it or not. I am not sure how it is don,but I know there is a way.
Did the fax have Richard Ben-Viniste's number on it?
What is a puzzle to me is Berger knows exactly how he was being recorded. He knew he couldn't take anything out of the building in his pants or anything. Something is not adding up here. It almost seems to be on purpose. I don't get it.
Your right, I don't trust these people at all.
This was just too easy. Their not that dumb. BS detector going off big time.
Only thing I can figure is Berger, you take the hit on this and we will make it up.
I'm telling you all, Sid Blumenthal and Terry McCaluliff are somewhere behind this. (And possibly BC) Sandy Berger is going to be a more rich man somewhere. I still don't get this one. It is too easy and too convienent.
There is something soooo undignified about stuffing documents down your pants. How did that Chuckles the Clown ditty go?
A little song
A little dance
A little seltzer down your pants.
Today is my six year anniversary on FR!!!!
This story is what, five hours old--tops--and still my jaw drops open whenever I think of Sandy Berger jamming documents in his pants to sneak them out of the saferoom...and then returning later to jam into his pants the replacement copies so that he might steal those as well.
It seems like such a bizarre, outlandish, surreal story. Can it possibly be true? And what could he possibly have been thinking?
I think I just might possibly have seen it all. Maybe.
Maybe Liz needs to have a talk with Linda .. folks don't like that kind of stuff it would seem
Before singing "Desperado" for an encore Saturday night, the 58-year-old rocker called Moore a "great American patriot" and "someone who is spreading the truth." She also encouraged everybody to see the documentary about President Bush. Ronstadt's comments drew loud boos and some of the 4,500 people in attendance stormed out of the theater. People also tore down concert posters and tossed cocktails into the air.
The fact that we were attacked 4 times before 9/11 by Al-Qaeda linked terrorists, with little or no response from the Clinton Administration. The blame would have to be placed on an Administration who wagged its finger on National TV and promised to bring those responsible to justice, and DID NOTHING.
Bill Clinton knew this, his staff knew this, and so did his senior cabinet members. My guess is that Bill Clinton sounded the alarm to all his people that it was time to go on the defensive and use this opportunity to attack President Bush. The problem was.... this administration appears to have been one step in front of them.
I believe when history is written, this administration two terms will be credited for removing the criminal Dictators in the Middle East and the Democratic Party from the criminals within
Yowzer! I lost that bet. How about CBSABCNBC...?
"Republican Pros"! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!
Sorry, but that's such an oxymoron! Face it Doug, the GOP is full of "Girlie Men"! My Senator, Bill Frist, is example #1!
LOL! What a hoot!
and the RATS appear to have given you the second best anniversary gift of all.
The first being GW getting all 50 States by 0230am Eastern time on Nov 3.
This story needs a category of its own, like a 'Special WTF' edition of the 'Just Damn' category.
[head shakes in wild disbelief]
Or, Berger cleansed the documents which allowed Clinton to 'safely' perjure himself before the 9/11 Commission.
More evidence that the Clinton Administration was a de-facto organized crime syndicate from day one.