Former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger gets a slap on the wrist (probation, community service and a fine) in a plea bargain after admitting guilt for removing and destroying most secret and highly sensitive documents that may have been vital to understanding Clinton Administration activities to fight, or NOT fight, the war on terror. When questioned about the incident Berger lied to Archives investigators; initially insisting that Archives staff must have missplaced missing documents.
The National Archives Inspector General (report here) called Berger's act "a breach of National Security."
(The House Oversight Committee report makes interesting reading).
Scooter Libby is convicted of obstruction of justice and lying about what he had for breakfast in his daily diet of media contacts years ago in the wake of the Valerie Plame CIA leak fraud.
Three points to consider:
1. None of us should have been surprised by the juries findings. What do you expect from a DC jury? Isn't a jury trial supposed to be a jury of one's peers? Where ded they get these folks? The mailing list for the Democrat National Committee? Juror Denis Colins who spoke to the media admits to being a registered Democrat and has also authored books on Enron and ethics and the history of spying. Impartial? Surrrrreeeee!
2. Scooter Libby should have hired Sandy Berger's attorneys.
and 3. Patrick Fitzgerald should be appointed special prosecutor to probe Sandy Berger's plea deal and any influence exercised by former Clinton Administration officials on National Archives and Justice Department staff.
Surely one of the Clinton apologists will have forgotten what they had for breakfast the day Sandy Berger called to ask for help and we can nail them too! Right?