WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Friday night to confirm U.S. District Judge Louis J. Freeh to become the nation's fifth FBI director.
When officially sworn in, probably next week, Freeh will succeed former federal judge William S. Sessions. There was no debate on Freeh, who sailed through the confirmation process. He was approved by voice vote without dissent.
The 43-year-old former FBI agent and federal prosecutor was lauded by senators of both parties during his confirmation hearing last week. After Freeh received the Senate Judiciary Committee's unanimous approval on Tuesday, President Clinton praised his own nominee.
"This support for a crime fighter of iron will and unshakable integrity affirms that he is clearly the right person for the job," Clinton said.