Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) apologized to Marines under investigation in the deaths of two dozen Iraqi civilians in Haditha in a statement his office said spared him from a libel suit.
Kline, a retired Marine colonel, issued a three-paragraph statement under a deal with lawyers for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, one of the Marines under investigation. Charges have not been filed.
Wuterich's lawyers sued Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on Aug. 2 after his comments on the case.