Thursday, July 22, 2004

Rapid Response

From the AP:

The main investigative committee in the Republican-led House will look into allegations Clinton administration national security adviser Sandy Berger mishandled highly classified terrorism documents, lawmakers said Wednesday.

Even though the matter already is the subject of a Justice Department criminal probe, House Government Reform Committee Chairman Tom Davis said the panel has “a constitutional responsibility to find out what happened and why.”

“At best, we’re looking at tremendously irresponsible handling of highly classified information,” said Davis, R-Va.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said the questions the committee should answer include whether there was any attempt to cover up embarrassing materials, what happened to documents removed by Berger that are still missing and what security risk the entire episode poses.

The decision by House leaders to launch a congressional investigation came the same day the White House acknowledged that its lawyers were notified months ago about the Berger investigation. In yet another development, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee filed a Freedom of Information request for any correspondence about the probe between the Justice Department and the White House.

Which reminds me; where are we on the investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame’s name to Bob Novak? How’s that investigation into the Republican staffer’s raid on the Democratic computers coming? What’s the status of the examination on the energy policy meetings? After all, if they’re so quick to investigate Sandy Berger, they must be hot on the trail of those other evil-doers.