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Clinton Nominates New York Judge Freeh to Head FBI



President Clinton nominated New York federal Judge Louis Freeh to head the FBI Tuesday, moving quickly to replace William Sessions after taking months to force the former director from the job.

At a Rose Garden news conference, Clinton said, "It can truly be said that Louis Freeh is the best possible person to head the FBI as it faces new challenges and a new century.''

Calling the former FBI agent and federal prosecutor "experienced, energetic and independent,'' the president predicted that Freeh, 43, "will be both good and tough -- good for the FBI and tough on criminals."

After introducing his wife and their four sons, Freeh said, "At its bedrock, the FBI must stand for absolute integrity, be free of all political influence, be free of any racial or other bias and work solely in the public interest."

Freeh, a Jersey City, N.J., native who recalled wanting to become a FBI agent as a young boy, said, "Our country must be made safe again," adding that children and young people "all too often are now trapped in virtual war zones controlled by vicious criminals."

Administration and congressional officials expect Freeh to be confirmed quickly by the Senate. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, R-N.Y., told reporters: "He (Clinton) made a great appointment here. This will instill tremendous confidence" within the FBI.

Post Office Scandals Move Focus To Internal-Management Issues

The Washington Post


House Democratic leaders tried for more than a year to shift public attention from its own affairs to the business of writing laws, but new evidence of embezzlement at the House Post Office has turned the focus back on internal-management issues.

Speaker Thomas S. Foley, D-Wash., said he found "deeply distressing" Robert V. Rota's courtroom admissions that he illegally gave several House members cash for postage vouchers during his two decades as the House's elected postmaster. Rota, who resigned last March, pleaded guilty Monday to three misdemeanors and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators.

"Well, obviously I am surprised by the extent of them and distressed by them," Foley said of Rota's allegations. "You know, I have a deep concern that the public confidence in the House needs to be strengthened."

Republican leaders, as they did last year amid the House Bank and Post Office scandals, pressed for the disclosure of confidential documents to distance themselves from any instances of wrongdoing.

"Public disclosure, like with the bank thing, is the best thing to do," said Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who participated last year in an internal investigation of the post office.

Roberts, for instance, said House leaders should release the numbers of 19 postage vouchers cited in court papers as ones that Rota exchanged with "Congressman A" and "Congressman B" for more than $30,000. The dates, amounts and descriptions of the vouchers match those of Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., and former Rep. Joe P. Kolter, D-Pa.

"No comment," Rostenkowski told reporters before going to a White House lunch, where he sat next to President Clinton. Rostenkowski, a leader of House negotiators on Clinton's economic package, indicated he was following lawyers' advice to remain silent about Rota's allegations.


A Dry Slot

Forecast by Marek Zebrowski
Staff meteorologist

Northwesterly flow will bring a refreshingly dry airmass to our area for the next few days. Brisk and at times gusty winds will result from a large pressure gradient between a stationary high pressure ridge in the middle of the country and a large cutoff low over northern Maine and the Maritimes. This low will rotate colder and unstable air down towards the central and western New England, causing considerable cloudiness from midday on with an added chance of scattered afternoon rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Southern New England and the Cape should enjoy more sunshine amids batches of cumulus clouds drifting from west to east over the northern horizon. This particular weather pattern is forecast to hold until Friday at least; should the upper low over the Maritimes track eastward, the high pressure ridge will move in , ushering much warmer and more humid conditions for the weekend.

Today: Partly sunny, breezy, high of 86F (30C). Winds west to northwest, 15-25mph (24-40 kmh).

Tonight: Clear, dry and comfortable. Low of 64F (18C) with fresh northwesterly breezes.

Thursday: Partly sunny, continued windy with a slight chance of widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High around 80F (27C).

Thursday night: Partly cloudy and pleasant with a low about 66F (19C).

Weekend outlook: Friday: Fair with highs of 80-85F (27-30C). Saturday: Sunny, warmer and more humid. Highs 85-90F (30-33C). Sunday: Hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms likely. Highs in low 90s (32-35C).

Cape Cod weather: Wednesday through Friday: Sparkling sunshine, dry, breezy with unlimited visibility under cloud-dotted skies. Highs 75-80F (24-27C), lows 60-65F (16-18C). Weekend: Partly to mostly sunny, warmer and more humid with highs 80-85F (27-30C). Chance of thunderstorms late on Sunday. Surf temperatures 60-65F (15-18C).