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Prosecutors: No Dice on Berger Deal
News Max ^ | 7-20-04

Posted on 07/20/2004 6:35:36 PM PDT by hope

Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Tuesday, July 20, 2004 9:23 p.m. EDT

Prosecutors: No Dice on Berger Deal

Justice Department prosecutors have reportedly rejected several offers from former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger's lawyer to resolve the department's eight-month long investigation into his illegal removal of top secret documents from the 9/11 Commission's reading room.

Two sources associated with the investigation told CNN that lawyer Lanny Breuer made a detailed statement of Berger's view of the facts at issue several months ago. According to the unnamed sources, Berger has offered to talk to the Justice Department about a resolution to the probe.

In the intervening months, Breuer has renewed Berger's offer to come clean several times.

But in a bad omen for the former top Clinton national security official, the Justice Department has repeatedly rebuffed the offer and refused to enter into any discussions.

Instead, Deputy Attorney General James Comey warned Tuesday that Berger - who resigned hours ago as a top campaign advisor to presidential candidate John Kerry - could face jail time.

"It is against the law for anyone to intentionally mishandle classified information, either by taking it to give to somebody else, or by mishandling in a way that is outside the regulations of government information," Comey told reporters in Washington.

"We take issues of classified information very, very seriously," he added.

"It's our lifeblood to keep secrets. All felonies in the federal system bring with them the promise of jail time," Comey stressed, adding cryptically, "That's all I can say about that."

As U.S. Attorney for New York's Southern District, Comey oversaw the indictment of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators. Stewart was sentenced to five months in jail last week.

Editor's note:

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crime; doj; government; oopsifilledmypants; sandyberger; sloppy; trousergate
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1 posted on 07/20/2004 6:35:39 PM PDT by hope
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To: hope

Man I Hope So!


2 posted on 07/20/2004 6:37:41 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Bong Hits, Fraggle Rock Reruns and DU is no way to go through Life.............)
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To: hope

Berger is toast.


3 posted on 07/20/2004 6:37:46 PM PDT by rintense (Free the Soxdox!)
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To: hope
jail time

God Bless America!

4 posted on 07/20/2004 6:38:02 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no stinkin' tagline!)
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To: hope

"IF" Martha has to go to jail for lying then old Sandy the Burglar must do time for stealing classified documents.


5 posted on 07/20/2004 6:38:28 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: hope

Martha Stewart's prosecutor. Bummer for Berger.


6 posted on 07/20/2004 6:38:32 PM PDT by js1138 (In a minute there is time, for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. J Forbes Kerry)
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To: hope
Kerry, win or lose, simply cannot deal with this ~ "Former Kerry advisor, Sandy Berger, sentenced to........"

Billzo skates again!

7 posted on 07/20/2004 6:38:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: hope

Sandy just may go down the river............or someone's going to start singin' like a bird.


8 posted on 07/20/2004 6:39:04 PM PDT by beyond the sea (There's always one to turn and walk away ........ and one who just wants to stay)
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To: hope

Jail time....I wonder what the Vegas odds are.


9 posted on 07/20/2004 6:39:13 PM PDT by Hildy ( If you don't stand up for what's RIGHT, you'll settle for what's LEFT.)
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To: hope

We'll make you a deal, Sandy, when you start singing about your bosses. Otherwise, expect bars in your future.

In other news, Clinton's laughing (nervously) about all this.


10 posted on 07/20/2004 6:39:54 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: hope

I'd like to see this better sourced. Maybe CNN will actually do some investigative reporting for once and come clean with all they know. But more likely they will continue to be DNC transcriptionists.


11 posted on 07/20/2004 6:39:58 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Hildy
Most of us bet that NOTHING will happen.

If it was any of us, we would be in jail tonight.

12 posted on 07/20/2004 6:40:36 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Then I say unto you, send men to summon ... worms. And let us go to Fallujah to collect heads.")
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To: cmsgop; rintense

I noticed today that Berger's lawyer offered they were "willing to cooperate".


13 posted on 07/20/2004 6:41:45 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: hope

I feel a lot better now...hope that justice will prevail...for a change.


14 posted on 07/20/2004 6:42:21 PM PDT by mystery-ak (*They are all Pat Tillman's*........Rush)
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To: hope

Things are looking up. Finally one of the clintonoids may pay the price.

If he did it for the clintons, then no doubt he will roll over like Webb Hubbell and shut up. If he did it for Kerry, well . . . it could be interesting.


15 posted on 07/20/2004 6:42:44 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: hope

Berger is going to be Fried.


16 posted on 07/20/2004 6:43:14 PM PDT by agincourt1415 (Dox N Sox)
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To: Mo1

I'd like to see better sourcing on this, but maybe CNN will come clean with what they know (if anything). Maybe a real investigative journalist will try to make a name for themselves and actually do some leg work on this story.


17 posted on 07/20/2004 6:43:19 PM PDT by Peach
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To: muawiyah

At least Clinton waited until he became President until his advisers became convicted felons.


18 posted on 07/20/2004 6:43:25 PM PDT by L`enn
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To: Peach
I'd like to see this better sourced. Maybe CNN will actually do some investigative reporting for once and come clean with all they know. But more likely they will continue to be DNC transcriptionists.

For a minute there you had me worried. Right up to the time you came back from Alice in Wonderland.

19 posted on 07/20/2004 6:44:40 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Jim Robinson

You think Clinton is nervous? You're joking?

Berger either takes the fall and rolls over and comes out of prison alive, like Webb Hubbell or Susan McDougal, or he cooperates, and suffers a "fatal heart attack" like Jim McDougal.


20 posted on 07/20/2004 6:45:39 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: hope

21 posted on 07/20/2004 6:45:42 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Peach; Mo1
Other article today:

"Lanny Breuer, Berger's attorney, said his client has offered to cooperate with investigators."

22 posted on 07/20/2004 6:46:29 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: agincourt1415
Life expectancy: 3 months
23 posted on 07/20/2004 6:46:35 PM PDT by pennboricua
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To: hope

Berger should be asking for immunity for spilling the beans on Bill, Hillary, and F'in Kerry. If he skates and they go to jail, justice would be served.


24 posted on 07/20/2004 6:46:51 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: hope
CBS News says he's going to get off scot free:

CBS Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts reports Berger returned to the archives all but two of the documents - which he believes he accidentally threw away. An FBI search of his home in January turned up nothing. And late Tuesday, law enforcement sources say they don't expect charges to be filed.

25 posted on 07/20/2004 6:47:19 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: SandRat

Knowing the media reads these threads, I like to humiliate them as often as possible.

But they seem content to be highly paid secretaries.


26 posted on 07/20/2004 6:47:32 PM PDT by Peach
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To: hope
Good news!

I also wonder if some folks at the Commission's reading room will be or have been punished for what looks like a breach of protocol? Did he have the right to take a portfolio in there?

I heard somewhere today Berger was in there @30 hours in 4-5 day span. If true that's alotta time spent on attempting to help the Commission find the truth-hah!

27 posted on 07/20/2004 6:47:41 PM PDT by uvular
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To: hope

Too Sweet!


28 posted on 07/20/2004 6:47:53 PM PDT by x1stcav (http://www.ronaldreaganmemorial.com/photo_gallery.asp)
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To: Peach

This is only the first news day .. more info WILL come out on this .. count on it

Question is .. will Berger sing or will he pull a Web Hubble and go away for a loooooong time?


29 posted on 07/20/2004 6:49:01 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: hope

Uh oh... speaking of dice, it looks like Berger got stuck with the HANGIN JUDGE.


30 posted on 07/20/2004 6:49:09 PM PDT by Samurai_Jack
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To: Peach

Since Comey is quoted, I feel ok about this particular article from NewsMax. I think Berger is in a lot more trouble than the MSM lets on. That's why they want to talk about "who leaked it" and "why now" instead of focusing on the charges. This is quite interesting and I think the media is going to have egg on its collective face when all is said and done. Clinton laughing about this just proves to me that there is a story here.


31 posted on 07/20/2004 6:49:14 PM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: Cicero; muawiyah
According to the unnamed sources, Berger has offered to talk to the Justice Department about a resolution to the probe. In the intervening months, Breuer has renewed Berger's offer to come clean several times.

I said earlier today, if Berger didn't tell Kerry about this, Kerry must feel incredibly deceived. But Clinton knew for months?

I got to believe Kerry didn't know because whatever else I think of him I can't believe he'd let a guy facing this remain his advisor.

32 posted on 07/20/2004 6:49:33 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Peach
if the story was driven by fox news it would be absolutely ignored. look at all the exclusives fox has had. despite many being fantastically important they are ignored by the msm.
33 posted on 07/20/2004 6:49:45 PM PDT by phxaz
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To: hope
"All felonies in the federal system bring with them the promise of jail time"

"Oh, dude."

34 posted on 07/20/2004 6:50:51 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Shermy
"Lanny Breuer, Berger's attorney, said his client has offered to cooperate with investigators."

I read that

I also read how other classified notes about the mideast peace talks were also found in his office

Another BIG NO NO ... and very illegal

35 posted on 07/20/2004 6:50:54 PM PDT by Mo1 (50 States .... I want all 50 States come November!)
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To: hope
Is it too early to print up some

FREE
BERGER!

t-shirts?

36 posted on 07/20/2004 6:51:05 PM PDT by randog
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To: hope

How did this stay quiet for eight (8) months? That answer is almost as interesting as to what is still missing.


37 posted on 07/20/2004 6:51:05 PM PDT by malia (HRC "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: hope
Former Clinton aide Lanny Davis wants the official who leveled the sock-stuffing allegation to come forward and make the claim publicly.

"I suggest that person is lying," the news channel quotes him as saying. "And if that person has the guts, let's see who it is who made the comment that Sandy Berger stuffed something into his socks."

Er - of course Lanny's quote sounds like it comes from The Onion - but are folks not on camera when going through stuff like that?!

38 posted on 07/20/2004 6:51:15 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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To: Jim Robinson

Who do you suppose leaked this story after all these months? Hillary? Bill?


39 posted on 07/20/2004 6:51:21 PM PDT by uvular
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To: hope

Or for putting it in your pants! Get out the disinfectant...


40 posted on 07/20/2004 6:53:46 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: uvular

Well, now that's another take. Hooboy! If so, they're sure gambling the entire pot.


41 posted on 07/20/2004 6:53:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: doug from upland
"Berger should be asking for immunity for spilling the beans on Bill, Hillary, and F'in Kerry. If he skates and they go to jail, justice would be served."

Maybe he should also be asking for the "witness protection program."

42 posted on 07/20/2004 6:54:06 PM PDT by Enterprise
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To: Shermy

Clinton's remarks certainly open a new can of worms for Kerry.

Just how the hell did Clinton know about a supposedly secret grand jury proceeding anyhow?

Did Clinton leak this to the press?


43 posted on 07/20/2004 6:54:10 PM PDT by ambrose (Kerry is endorsed by the Communist Party USA)
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To: hope; KayEyeDoubleDee
"It's our lifeblood to keep secrets. All felonies in the federal system bring with them the promise of jail time," Comey stressed, adding cryptically, "That's all I can say about that."

As U.S. Attorney for New York's Southern District, Comey oversaw the indictment of Martha Stewart for lying to federal investigators. Stewart was sentenced to five months in jail last week.

Look - up in the sky: It's a bird! No, it's a plane!

NO: IT'S A REPUBLICAN WITH GONADS!!!

Mirabile visu.

Mirabile dictu.

44 posted on 07/20/2004 6:54:32 PM PDT by SlickWillard
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To: doug from upland

bttt...


45 posted on 07/20/2004 6:54:36 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: All

Hey everyone. Is this the Clintons hammering the stake into Kerry's presidential hopes? Hillary's been looking at 2008 and why else would the archive employees call a clinton lawyer instead of the FBI?


46 posted on 07/20/2004 6:55:03 PM PDT by Tailback
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To: L`enn
l`enn gibberizes: At least Clinton waited until he became President until his advisers became convicted felons.


that sentence makes no sense.

47 posted on 07/20/2004 6:55:06 PM PDT by phxaz
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To: Mo1

Three options:

Berger dies early. Berger cuts a deal and talks. Berger toughs it out and lets the feds try to make their case.

I agree more is going to come out. Every time I read an article, it has another little tidbit in it.

I don't know if I said this on this thead, but there is a game the Rats play and we need to be careful not to fall for it.

Something bad comes out about a Rat. Then THEY leak something outrageous but provably false (like perhaps that Berger stuffed his socks with paperwork and did so five times). Then viewers/readers, finding out that one outrageous thing was false, tend to ignore the whole thing.

It's a game and we shouldn't play until something is reasonably well sourced. I don't mean about talking about it here. But I told my husband not to mention the socks or 5x until it's all better sourced.


48 posted on 07/20/2004 6:55:12 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Shermy
"I got to believe Kerry didn't know because whatever else I think of him I can't believe he'd let a guy facing this remain his advisor."

Berger could have given Kerry info and Kerry didn't know it was stolen. Wow, would that be a tough one for Kerry to prove.

49 posted on 07/20/2004 6:56:17 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Who authorized Kerry's Purple Hearts?)
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To: Hildy
Jail time....I wonder what the Vegas odds are.

CBS Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts reports Berger returned to the archives all but two of the documents - which he believes he accidentally threw away. An FBI search of his home in January turned up nothing. And late Tuesday, law enforcement sources say they don't expect charges to be filed.

50 posted on 07/20/2004 6:58:06 PM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb republicans. - Capt. Tom)
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