On This Day — President Clinton Fires FBI Director (July 19 1993)

“We cannot have a leadership vacuum at an agency as important to the United States as the FBI. It is time that this difficult chapter in the agency’s history is brought to a close.”

President Bill Clinton — White House press conference (July 19 1993)

Sessions served as the 4th FBI director from 1987 to 1993, when he was dismissed by President Bill Clinton.

On July 19 1993, President Clinton dismissed FBI Director William Sessions. Clinton’s decision was based on a report by outgoing Attorney General William P. Barr.  Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Just before Bill Clinton was inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993, allegations of ethical improprieties were made against Sessions.

A report by outgoing Attorney General William P. Barr presented to the Justice Department that month by the Office of Professional Responsibility included criticisms that he had used an FBI plane to travel to visit his daughter on several occasions, and had a security system installed in his home at government expense.

President Clinton dismissed Sessions on July 19, 1993. Sessions was five and a half years into a ten-year term as FBI director. However, the holder of this post serves at the pleasure of the President.

Ronald Kessler’s book, The FBI: Inside the World’s Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency, led to the dismissal of Sessions as FBI director over his abuses.

According to The Washington Post:

“A Justice Department official (…) noted that the original charges against Sessions came not from FBI agents but from a journalist, Ronald Kessler, who uncovered the abuses while writing a book about the FBI.”

The New York Times confirmed that Kessler’s FBI book did indeed trigger bureau and Justice Department investigations into alleged travel and expense abuses by FBI Director William Sessions.

President Bill Clinton Fires William Sessions FBI director July 19 1993

REFERENCES

William S. Sessions — Wikipedia

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On This Day — President Clinton Fires FBI Director (July 19 1993)

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