GOP seeks Berger classified documents probe

/ Source: The Associated Press

House Republicans are seeking a congressional probe into the improper handling of classified documents by President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger.

Berger admitted last year that he deliberately took classified documents from the National Archives in 2003 and destroyed some of them at his office.

He pleaded guilty in federal court to one charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material and was fined 50-thousand dollars.

The G-O-P lawmakers want the House Judiciary Committee to determine whether any documents were missing from Clinton administration terrorism records, to review security measures for classified documents and to seek testimony from Berger.

Democrats had complained about the timing of the original disclosure of the investigation in 2004, claiming the White House was using Berger to deflect attention from the findings of the Nine-Eleven Commission.