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Tilting at Windmills

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July 20, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

SANDY BERGER....Sandy Berger continues to be the top story on CNN:

Law enforcement sources said archive staff told FBI agents they saw Berger placing items in his jacket and pants, and one archive staffer told agents that Berger also placed something in his socks.

That latter allegation drew a sharp response from Berger associate and former White House lawyer Lanny Davis, who challenged any unnamed official who makes such an accusation to come forward publicly.

"I suggest that person is lying," he said. "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."

I too want this ruffian to come forward. Socks indeed. What kind of weirdo does he think Sandy Berger is?

Beyond that, though, I can't really think of anything else to say about this bizarre story except the obvious: what on God's green earth was he thinking? Crikey.

Oh, and this: despite dark allegations that the investigation into Berger was leaked by Republicans to take attention off the upcoming 9/11 report, I think it must have actually been a Democrat who leaked it. Frankly, if I were a Republican, I would have waited until around the last week of October or so. My guess is that some sharp Democratic operative figured out that this wasn't going to stay a secret forever and decided (correctly) that it was better to get it into the open now rather than later.

UPDATE: So this all happened in October 2003, the FBI searched Berger's home and offices in January, but they still haven't interviewed Berger or concluded their investigation. Does that make sense? What's taking so long?

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