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Bill Sali fights Justice Department Laziness

Posted by Adam Graham on January 30, 2007

This is a new feature on the blog. In order to combat the relentless liberal assault on Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho), I’m going to take time to talk about some of what Sali’s doing the the Idaho liberal press doesn’t want to report.

Last week, Congressman Sali joined with 17 other Congressmen in signing a letter demanding that the Justice Department conduct a polygraph of former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger (which had been agreed to as part of Berger’s plea agreement.) For those unfamiliar with the case, Sandy Berger stole several classified documents from the National Archives:

The report from the inspector-general for the National Archives, Paul Brachfeld, said Mr. Berger executed the cloak-and-dagger maneuver in October 2003 while taking a break from reviewing Clinton-era documents in connection with the work of the so-called September 11 commission.

” Mr. Berger exited the archive onto Pennsylvania Avenue,” the report says, recounting the story the former national security chief told investigators. “He did not want to run the risk of bringing the documents back in the building. … He headed toward a construction area on 9th Street. Mr. Berger looked up and down the street, up into the windows of the archives and the DOJ, and did not see anyone. He removed the documents from his pockets, folded the notes in a ‘V’ shape, and inserted the documents in the center. He walked inside the construction fence and slid the documents under a trailer.”

According to the report, Mr. Berger said he retrieved the documents after leaving the archives complex for the evening and took the papers to his office. It is not clear how long the documents were unattended at the construction site, but the report suggests it was a few hours, at most.

The former national security chief said he cut three documents up in his office and discarded them in the trash. Mr. Berger returned two other documents after archivists notified him that some records were missing, but his efforts to retrieve the others from the trash collector were unsuccessful.

He left classified documents unattended under a trailer, but the situation gets worse according to Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.):

In October, Mr. Davis led an effort to hold hearings to determine whether any documents were “destroyed, removed or were missing” after visits by Mr. Berger to the Archives. He said the full extent of Mr. Berger’s document removal “can never be known” and the Justice Department could not assure the September 11 commission that it received all the documents to which Mr. Berger had access.

We need the truth and Congressman Sali is doing what it takes to insure we get it.

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2 Responses to “Bill Sali fights Justice Department Laziness”

  1. Wow… it’s almost as if he wasn’t a lawyer who would know that polygraphs are rarely admissible in court. So basically he wasted some ink in signing a letter that means diddly-squat. Hopefully he at least spelled everything right this time.

  2. Adam Graham [Member] said

    Well the point isn’t to prosecute Berger. Berger’s already been prosecuted. The point is to find out what he did with the documentsand admissability in court shouldn’t have any bearing on that.

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