Well this was certainly predictable. Caught with their pants down, libs are scurrying like cockroaches to deflect blame and muddy the issue. Here comes the parade of excuses, irrelevant accusations and outright lies which have characterized the conduct of the Democratic party's top operatives for the last ten years. Keep your Pepto Bismol handy for the next few weeks or you'll be losing your lunch listening to this crap. link for complete article. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5463586/ Democrats denounce allegations against Berger Congress to investigate ex-Clinton officials handling of documents Mark Wilson / Getty Images file Former national security adviser Sandy Berger testified before the 9/11 commission on March 24. FREE VIDEO July 21: President Bush would not talk about the investigation, but Democrats and other Republicans were putting their best political spin on it. NBCs Andrea Mitchell reports. Nightly News NBC News and news services Updated: 8:02 p.m. ET July 21, 2004WASHINGTON - Democrats assailed Republicans who suggested Wednesday that former White House national security adviser Sandy Berger sought to hide embarrassing materials when he removed classified documents related to the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The presidential campaign of Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts accused the Bush White House of disclosing the existence of a criminal investigation for political advantage. After news of the investigation surfaced, Berger, who served in the Clinton administration, quit as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign Tuesday to limit the political fallout. The investigation of Berger began in October, but it came to light only this week as the independent commission investigating the attacks was preparing to issue its final report on Thursday. The timing of this leak suggests that the White House is more concerned about protecting its political hide than hearing what the commission has to say about strengthening our security, the Kerry campaign said in a political memo distributed by email. Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said Wednesday that his committee would also investigate Berger. At best, were looking at tremendously irresponsible handling of highly classified information some of which, I understand, has not yet been located, Davis said. At worst, his actions suggest an intentional effort to keep critical information away from the commission and the American public. Clinton: Interesting timing in disclosure Many other Democrats, including former President Bill Clinton himself, suggested that politics were behind disclosure of the probe only days before the release of the Sept. 11 commission report, which is expected to be highly critical of the governments response to the growing al-Qaida threat. The Democratic National Committee filed a request Wednesday under the Freedom of Information Act for all correspondence between the Justice Department and the White House regarding the investigation. Its interesting timing, Clinton said in Denver at a autograph session for his book My Life. Berger was national security adviser for all of Clintons second term. John Podesta, Clintons White House chief of staff, was more blunt. I think a lot of people are skeptical that this wasnt engineered by people some place in the government, he said Wednesday. But Republicans said the matter raised questions about whether Berger sought to hide embarrassing materials. David Gergen, who was an adviser to Clinton and worked with Berger for a time in the White House, said, I think its more innocent than it looks. Appearing Tuesday on Today, Gergen said: I have known Sandy Berger for a long time. He would never do anything to compromise the security of the United States. Gergen said he, too, thought that it is suspicious that word of the investigation of Berger would emerge just as the Sept. 11 commission was about to release its report, because this investigation started months ago.