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Clinton Admits He ‘Misled,’ Avoids Indictment

BY Admin  January 19, 2001 at 2:00 PM EDT

On his last day in office, Clinton agreed to accept a five-year suspension of his Arkansas law license.

In exchange, Clinton will receive immunity from further prosecution and avoids a possible indictment on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

Clinton acknowledged he knowingly gave false answers to questions about Lewinsky when he was deposed in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. Clinton said today’s agreement brings “complete closure” to the matter.

“I tried to walk a fine line between acting lawfully and testifying falsely, but I now recognize that I did not fully accomplish that goal and that certain of my responses to questions about Ms. Lewinsky were false,” Clinton said in a written statement read by Press Secretary Jake Siewert.

In an agreement reached with Independent Counsel Robert Ray, Clinton agreed to pay a $25,000 fine and not to seek compensation for attorneys’ fees he paid during the investigation. The agreement also ends a bid by the Arkansas Bar Association to disbar the president.

“It represents the conclusion of the Lewinsky investigation by the office of the independent counsel without the filing of any criminal charges,” Siewert said.

Ray agreed that today’s agreement brings the three-year investigation to a close.

“The nation’s interests have been served, and therefore I decline prosecution,” Ray said at a separate news conference. “This matter is now concluded. Let history and the American people judge that is had been concluded fairly.”