John on January 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm
Today a GOP congressional staff report was issued on the Sandy Berger scandal. Here’s the important part:
There is no basis for concluding Berger did not remove original documents responsive to 9/11 Commission requests during the May 30, 2002 and July 18, 2003 visits to the National Archives…
The public statements of the former chief of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, Noel Hillman, were incomplete and misleading. Because Berger had access to original documents…there is no basis for his statement that “nothing was lost to the public or to the process.”
No one told the 9/11 Commission that Berger had access to original documents. The 9/11 Commission was specifically interested in the office files of White House terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, and never was told that Berger had access to Clarke’s original office files on May 30, 2002 and July 18, 2003.
The report explains that the Congressional investigation was held off for nearly a year after the IG report was issued while the National Archives “considered personnel action.” Ten members of Congress then sent a letter pushing for the investigation to continue. It did so beginning in October of 2006. Noel Hillman (see above) declined to be interviewed. Berger, of course, declined on advise of counsel.
And you have to love the Federal Bureaucracies. The report notes that of the four Archives employees involved in this mess:
None of the Archives employees received a reduction in pay or any changes in their job titles or professional responsibilities.
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