House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., reacted today to news of the probe of former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, saying he is “profoundly troubled” by allegations the former Clinton aide stole classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room in preparation for the 9-11 Commission hearings.
“What could those documents have said that drove Mr. Berger to remove them without authorization from a secure reading room for classified documents?” Hastert asked in a statement.
“What information could be so embarrassing that a man with decades of experience in handling classified documents would risk being caught pilfering our nation’s most sensitive secrets?
“Did these documents detail simple negligence or did they contain something more sinister? Was this a bungled attempt to rewrite history and keep critical information from the 9-11 Commission and potentially put their report under a cloud?
Concluded Hastert: “Mr. Berger has a lot of explaining to do. He was given access to these documents to assist the 9-11 Commission, not hide information from them. The American people and the 9-11 families don’t want cover-ups when it comes to the War on Terror. They want the truth. And so does the U.S. House of Representatives.”