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The New York Times > Washington > Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents

The New York Times > Washington > Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents: "July 20, 2004
Kerry Adviser Steps Aside Amid Outcry Over Documents
By DAVID STOUT and MARK GLASSMAN

WASHINGTON, July 20 2004 A former national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger, quit his role as informal adviser to the presidential campaign of Senator John Kerry today amid a clamor over his improper handling of classified documents.
'Mr. Berger does not want any issue surrounding the 9/11 commission to be used for partisan purposes,' Lanny Breuer, Mr. Berger's attorney, told The Associated Press late this afternoon. 'With that in mind he has decided to step aside as an informal adviser to the Kerry campaign until this matter is resolved.'
The decision to step aside came after a day in which Republicans zeroed in on the disclosure that Mr. Berger, who was President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, removed classified documents from the National Archives last year. Some Republicans wondered aloud today whether Mr. Berger had used the papers to help Senator Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
Mr. Berger's mishandling of the documents, which were related to terrorism and which he took from the National Archives in preparation for his testimony before the 9/11 commission, seemed today to become a bigger problem for the Kerry campaign almost by the hour � and at the worst possible time, as Mr. Kerry is hoping to gain a big lift by next week's Democratic National Convention in Boston."

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