WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, apologized for taking highly classified documents from the National Archives and agreed to forfeit his license to practice law.
"I have decided to voluntarily relinquish my license," Berger said in a statement issued by his attorney, Larry Breuer, in a report in The Washington Times. "While I derived great satisfaction from years of practicing law, I have not done so for 15 years and do not envision returning to the profession. I am very sorry for what I did, and I deeply apologize."
Berger can avoid being cross-examined by the Board on Bar Counsel by agreeing to forfeit the license. Details about the formal agreement should be worked out on Thursday.
Berger served as Clinton's national security adviser from 1997 to 2001. Berger was fined $50,000, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and barred from access to classified material for three years after being convicted of taking documents from the National Archives in 2005 while preparing to testify before the Sept. 11 Commission.