Republicans want Berger's polygraph

Jan. 24, 2007 at 12:50 PM
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Nearly two years after ex-national security adviser Samuel Berger pleaded guilty to stealing secret papers, 18 Republicans want him to take a polygraph test.

Berger pleaded guilty in April 2005 to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material from the National Archives. They included documents outlining the Clinton administration's knowledge of terrorist threats against the United States, many of which were reviewed by the Sept. 11 investigative committee.

Now, 18 House Republicans, led by Rep. Thomas Davis of Virginia, want the Justice Department to conduct the polygraph test, which was part of Berger's plea deal that kept him out of prison, the Washington Times reported Wednesday.

"This may be the only way for anyone to know whether Berger denied the 9/11 commission and the public the complete account of the Clinton administration's actions or inactions during the lead-up to the terrorist attacks on the United States," the congressmen said in their letter to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Berger's lawyer, Lanny Breuer, said the cycle of justice was complete, and Berger had moved on.

"It's time for the new congressional minority to do the same," he said.

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