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Brian Williams Taking Temporary Leave Of Absence

Brian Williams Taking A Leave From 'Nightly News'

Feb. 8 2015, Updated 9:48 a.m. ET

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Brian Williams is take a temporary leave of absence from NBC Nightly News after confirming he lied about his experience reporting in Iraq in 2003.

On Saturday, Williams announced, "In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions," Williams said in a statement to NBC staff. "As managing editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days."

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Brian Williams is under investigation at NBC after admitting that he made "a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago."

He apologized saying, "I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by (enemy) fire," he continued. "Instead, I was in the following aircraft."

Williams then said it was a "bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere."

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