5,331. 9/2/2003

“Preparing to testify before the 9/11 Commission in 2003, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger paid several visits to National Archives to review Clinton-era documents. While purportedly looking over the documents before their delivery to the 9/11 Commission, Berger took several bathroom breaks. Archives staff suspicions were aroused on September 2 [2003], when he appeared to have stuffed documents in his socks; he later admitted having removed a copy of [the National Security Council staff’s] Millennium After-Action Review on that date, but denied having stuffed it in his socks.” More documents were removed by Berger on another visit on October 2. On April 1, 2005, “Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, and admitted to shredding three copies of the Review… The 9/11 Commission was not informed that he had destroyed documents, or that he had had access to original documents. It is a fair inference that the destroyed documents would not have reflected positively on the Clinton administration’s performance.”

 – John Farmer, The Ground Truth, Pages 40-41

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