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Brian Pedersen 3-13-2000 5th Period Berger Saw No Extraneous Influences On Foreign Policy Summary National Security Advisor Sandy Berger testified today that he saw no evidence of extraneous influences on the Clinton Administrations foreign policy despite visits to the White House by some questionable characters with overseas interests Berger in testimony before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee said there was no clear policy last year for screening overseas visitors who wanted time with President Bill Clinton or Vice President Al Gore But Berger said that since the flap over White House visits by big Democratic contributors he has moved to tighten access and restrict contacts between the Democratic National Committee and the presidents national security team I felt very strongly that we needed to have a much clearer system much more clarity for our staff people so that there would not be any questions about how these things should be handled Berger said Asked by Sen Max Cleland D-Ga whether the United States national security was compromised by the Democrats push to raise money Berger declared Not in any way senator Sen Fred Thompson the committees chairman pointed to a string of visits to the White House by questionable characters including Johnny Chung and the Chinese businessmen who accompanied him Wan Jun a Chinese business executive whose company tried to smuggle arms into the US Lebanese businessman Roger Tamraz and international businessmen from the Thailand-based CP Group brought in by Pauline KanchanalakI take it you were not aware of this disturbing pattern of activities Thompson asked Berger Berger said he would have been interested in knowing about the visits The system functions best when there is vetting he said Important People Sen Fred Thompson The committees chairman Sen Max Cleland Key proponent in investigation ImportanceOpinion I agree there are many influences on the vast
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