The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 16, 1996 · Page 7
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THE SALINA JOURNAL WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1996 fit TFBI Pressured FBI chief Freeh considers resigning post By Scrlpps Howard News Service WASHINGTON - Pushed by pressure from Congress and inside the FBI, and pulled by the desire to spend more time with his family, FBI director Louis Freeh is contemplating resignation, say officials and others who know him. .Freeh declined to talk about his future, but speculation is growing in Washington that his troubled FBI tepure will end after the November election. He is said to be weighing a lucrative offer from a New York law firm, and may also be a candidate for a federal judgeship, officials said. , -fHe is a fine person, a good Freeh has eroded his standing with some top Clinton officials by moves like a memo blasting the administration's handling of drug policy. FREEH man, but he has become extremely unpopular inside the FBI because of his heavy-handed, almost Hoover-like methods, " said one former close associate. "The FBI had moved beyond that draconian management style." Many FBI agents and managers who originally backed Freeh have lost confidence over a series of internal management decisions. ; Freeh is also held responsible inside the bureau and in the halls of government for the FBI's lackluster performance in a number of major cases, officials said. TNAVY Some believe Freeh has damaged the FBI's infrastructure by removing or pressuring into retirement some respected mid-level managers. There has been heavy turnover since his appointment at the top of the FBI's 56 field offices. Last month, Republican members of both the House and Senate called for the resignation of the FBI's top lawyer, Howard Shapiro, for his actions in the so-called Filegate flap in which the FBI turned over to the Clinton White House hundreds of confidential bureau files on former Bush and Reagan insiders. Last summer, Shapiro called the White House to inform lawyers that an FBI agent had written in a confidential file information linking Hillary Clinton to the hiring of White House office of personnel security director Craig Livingstone — which Hillary Clinton denied. Last month, GOP investigators produced evidence of a handful of contacts between Freeh and Livingstone. Investigators are focusing on a May 1994 letter in which Freeh asked Livingstone to give Shapiro a permanent pass granting access to the White House. Freeh was appointed to a 10-year term by President Clinton in 1993. He could be fired by Clinton, but insiders said that is unlikely, barring the emergence of some scandal. But Freeh has eroded his standing with some top Clinton officials by moves like a memo blasting the administration's handling of drug policy. When reports of the memo surfaced recently, the White House was forced to claim executive privilege over it. The FBI's performance on a number of high-profile cases in recent years has blunted the Clinton administration's enthusiasm for Freeh. Among those cases: • The standoff with white separatist Randy Weaver in Idaho in which an FBI sniper killed Weaver's wife. • The conflagration at Waco, Texas, when an FBI assault on the Branch Davidian compound led to the deaths of more than 80 people, including children. • The Oklahoma City bombing case, which has been complicated by claims of an FBI laboratory expert that evidence has been contaminated. Admiral's relationship questioned ^Admiral is accused of improper relationship with subordinate By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — One of the Navy's top admirals kept a C-135 aircraft and crew waiting three •days during an off-duty get-together with a female subordinate, -according to a Pentagon report released Tuesday. • The idle crew ran up $10,800 in .pay and expenses while Adm. Richard Macke spent three days and two nights at a hotel in 1994. £The woman, a Marine Corps offi- • ! IT START II TREATY cer, stayed at the same hotel, accompanied hy her elderly mother. The two-year relationship with the woman, who was not identified, was detailed in a 26-page report by Pentagon Inspector General Eleanor Hill. "We believe Adm. Macke took an uncommon interest in (the officer)," the report concluded. "Adm. Macke developed an unduly familiar relationship with (the officer) that did not respect the difference MACKE in their grade or rank." Macke, who resigned in disgrace as U.S. Pacific commander earlier this year for making insensitive remarks about a rape case, denied the relationship was improper and said he was using the aircraft on official business. Although the report reaches no conclusion about .whether Macke and the officer were romantically involved, it quotes several officers around Macke as assuming the two were dating. That impression alone is enough to harm "good order and discipline" in the military, the report concluded. Navy Secretary John Dalton issued punitive letters of censure to both Macke and the female officer. iPerry shoots for stronger =ties with Russian military VOTE KOCHANOWSKI Republican for SHERIFF Pol. Adv. paid for by Kochanowskl for Sheriff Committee, Rosalie Leak, Treasurer Defense secretary will .make case in Moscow :for arms reduction By The Associated Press '••-, WASHINGTON —Defense Secre- •jtary William Perry is pushing for ^stronger ties with the Russian military and ratification of a key arms/-reduction treaty. ;', Perry was to ^arrive in ^Moscow today to yress the U.S. !-case for the .'START II treaty Jbefore Russia's ••State Duma, the ^powerful lower Siouse of parlia- jijnent. He also was meet with top •Russian defense officials. •: The U.S. Senate ratified START II in January, but action by the 'Russian parliament is needed to -bring it into force. ;: The pact would ban land-based PERRY nuclear weapons with multiple warheads and by 2003 reduce the U.S. and Russian arsenals by about two-thirds. Perry is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Duma and take questions. Sens. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., are joining him for the session. They are expected to meet with about 100 legislators, including key members of the foreign affairs, defense and security committees. A senior Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Perry hopes to convince the legislators that the nuclear pact is in their interest, and argue that it "enhancea strategic stability" by eradicating missiles that might tempt one side to mount a pre-emptive nuclear strike. 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