"WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former national security adviser Samuel Berger, under investigation for removing classified documents from the National Archives, stepped aside on Tuesday as an informal adviser to Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
The probe of Berger, who served under former President Bill Clinton, escalated into an election-year firefight as Republicans accused Berger of stealing the documents for use by Kerry's campaign and Democrats questioned the probe's timing.
"Sandy Berger is my friend, and he has tirelessly served this nation with honor and distinction," Kerry said in a statement. "I respect his decision to step aside as an adviser to the campaign until this matter is resolved objectively and fairly."
Berger and one of his lawyers said he inadvertently removed copies of a classified memo and his handwritten notes on the material as he reviewed it to determine what Clinton administration-era documents could be turned over to the commission looking into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "
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