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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

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Wouldn't it be nice....

....if this resulted in an indictment.
The criminal probe into why former Bill Clinton aide Sandy Berger illegally sneaked top-secret documents out of the National Archives — possibly in his socks — has heated up and is now before a federal grand jury, The Post has learned.
I'm struck by the wording. The probe seeks to determine why Sandy Berger committed a crime. IOW the criminal conduct is assumed, and the purpose of the probe is to determine the motive? Does that make any sense?

Granted, Berger has already admitted the facts of the offense.
Berger admits removing 40 to 50 top-secret documents from the archives, but claims it was an "honest mistake" made while he vetted documents for the 9/11 commission's probe into the Twin Towers attacks.

Berger has also acknowledged that he destroyed some documents — he says by accident.
But still, the wording of this article is strange. You have to wonder if the prosecutors think his conviction is a slam-dunk and they're willing to deal in exchange for information implicating someone else.