WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton admitted Friday for the first time that he made false statements in the Monica Lewinsky case and entered into a deal with prosecutors to avert an indictment. He surrendered his law license for five years.

``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,'' the president said in a statement read by White House press secretary Jake Siewert.

``I hope my actions today will help bring closure and finality to these matters,'' Clinton said.