Flailing conjecture. The notes he looked at were copies, but maybe he was looking at his own copy of the notes, with notes he scribbled in the margins. Maybe then he hands the notes over to an archivist and later thinks to himself…
The Vince Foster murder plans! I doodled them in the margins of those notes! Oh, my Dark Lord! If that gets out, Mistress Hillary won’t punish me! Ever again!
OK but still…maybe the marginal notes were simply personally embarassing, comments off the cuff “How the Hell does this guy rate so much class-A nookie. What has he got, besides Air Force One…”
So maybe he figures, heck, they’re my notes, really. They’ve got copies, only thing different is the part thats me. Any real reason I can’t keep that private? Who’s gonna care?..
Unless someone can give me a plausible wherein his actions have some sort of serious ramifications, like dead people, if it please the Court I would like to file a Motion to Fuhgeddaboutit.
As to the notion that he was “fortunate” to be treated lieniently, again, for what? If my kid TP’s my neighbors house, that’s technically malicious mischief. If he TP’s my Jewish neighbors house in a swastika motive, thats malicious mischeif, and a whole nother thing.
If the intent of his felonious absquatulation (hey!..not a bandname) is nothing more than minor personal or political embarassment, this case could be settled by Judge Judy.
(On the other hand, if I take the hard line on this, maybe that means Sam and Moto will feel bound to insist on Bob Novak being drawn and quartered over the Valerie Plame thing…)