WASHINGTON — Judge William Steele Sessions, unanimously praised by senators today on his nomination to head the FBI, promised he would closely examine any request to the bureau before complying and would take his objections to the President, if necessary.
Sessions, sharing the overwhelming feeling of the panel that he is the right man for the job, also told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would not resign if ordered to do something he objected to.
"I do not intend to resign, to seek the shelter of a resignation," he said.
Instead, the tough Texas conservative chosen by President Reagan to head the FBI said, he first would "seek guidance," even from the appropriate congressional oversight committees, before approaching Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III and Reagan, if necessary.
"I am a rule person. I believe in rules," Sessions said. If asked to do something unsavory or politically motivated, "a person of a judicial background simply has to say, 'I can't do it.' "