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Webster Sounded Out for Casey's Job

January 14, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — FBI Director William H. Webster is among a handful of people approached by White House officials about heading the CIA, but the search has been suspended to see if William J. Casey recovers sufficiently from brain surgery, Administration sources said Tuesday.

Three Reagan Administration sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a handful of people had been sounded out by White House officials about taking over the CIA if Casey cannot resume work. But there remains strong support inside the Administration and on Capitol Hill for letting Casey's deputy, Robert M. Gates, continue as acting director.

Webster must leave the FBI when his 10-year term expires a year from now.

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