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Dems' Berger response from Clinton playbook?

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A former congressional investigator says the Democrats’ response to the Sandy Berger documents scandal is vintage Clinton: Distract attention from the act by pointing fingers at those who exposed it.

David Bossie is the former chief investigator for the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and author of “Intelligence Failure: How Clinton’s National Security Policy Set the Stage For 9/11.”

He tells Agape Press Democrats are using their typical “playbook” in responding to the revelation that Berger took highly classified documents related to 9-11 from the National Archives.

“Sandy Berger seems to have admitted to committing felonies; that is no small matter,” he said. “What he is then trying to do is to distract people from those felonies by blaming it on the timing.”

Bossie says it is like blaming the incident on the people who revealed it, rather than Berger himself.

“It’s right back to the Clinton playbook,” he told the news service. “It’s really a shame. They can’t allow the American people to see them for what they are.”

The author also criticizes Kerry for saying the timing of the revelation was meant to harm his presidential candidacy, rather than addressing the alleged crime. Bossie also is author of “The Many Faces of John Kerry: Why this Massachusetts Liberal is Wrong for America.”

Agape Press points out the major media are covering the timing issue much more than Berger’s wrongdoing, noting the Media Research Center says CBS anchorman Dan Rather claimed the incident “was triggered by a carefully orchestrated leak about Berger – and the timing of it appears to be no coincidence.”

Said MRC’s Tim Graham: “The problem with Rather’s ‘carefully orchestrated leak’ language is that he has no idea of the leaker or their orchestration.”

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