We all enjoyed a laugh last year when it came out that Sandy Berger had been stuffing classified documents into his cod piece and spiriting them out of the National Archives (as he was doing “research” for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission). The press dropped this entertaining story after about one day, but now it’s back. Berger is going to court today and apparently he intends to plead guilty. CNN reports:
Berger and his lawyer, Lanny Breuer, have said Berger knowingly removed the handwritten notes by placing them in his jacket and pants and inadvertently took copies of actual classified documents in a leather portfolio. He returned most of the documents, but some still are missing.
He could get a year in prison and a $100,000 dollar fine. What was in those documents that he trousered? What did he want to hide so badly that he risked a year in jail? I’ll bet it was something every bit as embarrassing as Derek Smalls’ foil-wrapped cucumber.
You really gotta hand it to the Team Clinton, they’re masters of the cover-up. They make Nixon look like a pantywaist.
Tom addzz: Powerline has a good piece of commentary on this. Here's a snippet:
Obviously, he (Berger) was trying to destroy documents that showed the negligence of the Clinton administration--of which he was a key member--in dealing with the threat of terrorism. Key documents relating to our government's inadequate reaction to the threat of Islamic terrorism prior to Sept. 11 are now gone forever, successfully purged from the historical record by one of Bill Clinton's most loyal servants.
Correction: Like every good blog we must provide corrections to our reporting, and this one is high up there in correcting important facts. It was Derek Smalls' cucumber codpiece.
Noah Admits Grave Error: Of course you're right Tom, I don't know how I screwed that up. It's good to have a Spinal Tap expert on INFDL.