I try to keep politics off the LJ (though I do get tempted to rant occasionally), but I will post interesting news stories. When a Washington figure creates a scandal by putting something into his trousers
, that's news. Especially when the something is classified material
. Sandy Berger, former National Security Adviser to President Clinton and until recently adviser to Senator Kerry (he was angling for a post as Secretary of State in a Kerry administration), is in big trouble
One thing that has struck me about the story (other than, okay, the socks
) isn't the leak of the investigation (I agree with Washington Monthly's Kevin Drum, who suspects a Democratic leaker
), but who knew about it before the leak. In the Denver Post
's coverage of President Clinton's book tour, there's a small stunner:
Clinton said he has known about the federal probe of Berger's actions for several months, calling this week's news a "nonstory."
Meanwhile, Senator Kerry was asked about it Wednesday night by Tom Brokaw:
Brokaw: "Did you know that [Berger] was under investigation?"
Kerry: "I didn't have a clue, not a clue."
Brokaw: "He didn't share that with you?
Kerry: "I didn't have a clue."
I believe that. Kerry would've been crazy to keep Berger on otherwise. But here's the thing: Sandy Berger knew he was being investigated, and didn't tell Senator Kerry. And President Clinton knew Sandy Berger was being investigated, and he
didn't tell Kerry.
If I were Kerry, I would be very, very, very pissed.