Directors of Central Intelligence

George John Tenet

Nomination and Confirmation


Materials arranged chronologically.

Weiner, Tim. "A Lone Front-Runner Emerges for C.I.A." New York Times, 19 Mar. 1997, A13 (N).

DDCI and Acting DCI (since December 1996) George Tenet seems to be in line to be tapped for the DCI nomination vacated by Anthony Lake, if only because the administration believes that he can be confirmed.

PBS Online Newshour. "CIA Facelift." 19 Mar. 1997. [http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/fedagencies/march97/cia_3-19.html]

Transcript of Jim Lehrer discussion with James Woolsey, Warren Rudman, and David Wise on George Tenet's nomination as DCI.

Weiner, Tim. "Clinton Proposes Acting C.I.A. Chief as Agency Leader." New York Times, 20 Mar. 1997, A1, A14 (N).

On 19 March 1997, President Clinton nominated George J. Tenet, 44, for the position of Director of Central Intelligence (DCI). Tenet has been Deputy Director of Central Intelligence (DDCI) since July 1995 and Acting DCI since December 1996. See also, Tim Weiner, "For 'the Ultimate Staff Guy,' a Time to Reap the Rewards of Being Loyal: George John Tenet," New York Times, 20 Mar. 1997, A14 (N).

Gruenwald, Juliana. "Tenet Appears Likely to Win Confirmation as CIA Chief." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 22 Mar. 1997, 712-714.

Includes sidebar story by the same author, "Tenet Promises Objectivty," p. 714.

Smith, R. Jeffrey. "An Unconventional Choice for the CIA: George Tenet's Route Passed Through Capitol Hill and the White House." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 24 Mar. 1997, 32.

"After a bruising fight with Senate Republicans over the failed nomination of Anthony Lake, Tenet's support from key lawmakers in both parties was probably the decisive factor in Clinton's choice."

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Editors. "Hearings on New CIA Nominee Likely in Mid-April." 29 Mar. 1997, 751.

Pooley, Eric. "Why the Senate Loves an Understudy." Time, 31 Mar. 1999. [http://www.time.com]

"George Tenet, President Clinton's latest nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has set new records for both speed and elegance of ascent [up the ladder of power]. Last week Republican Senators were all but telling Tenet he would be confirmed even before Clinton had nominated him."

Gruenwald, Juliana. "Tenet Brings Strong Credentials to Prospective CIA Post." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 12 Apr. 1997, 857.

Gruenwald, Juliana. "Tenet Given Warm Reception by Intelligence Panel." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 10 May 1997, 1086.

[Tenet, George.] "Senate Confirmation Hearings." Periscope 22, no. 3 (Jul. 1997): 2-3.

Report on Tenet's remarks to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on 6 May 1997.

Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report. Editors. "Vote on CIA Nominee Delayed Pending Financial Inquiry." 17 May 1997, 1150.

Weiner, Tim. "A Windfall from Long Ago Holds Up Nominee for CIA Director." New York Times, 3 Jul. 1997, A23.

Washington Post. "Tenet Cleared for Panel Vote on CIA Post." 9 Jul. 1997, A11.

Pincus, Walter. "Senate Confirms Tenet to Be Director of Central Intelligence." Washington Post. 11 Jul. 1997, A21. See also,

Gruenwald, Juliana. "Senate Confirms Tenet As Intelligence Chief." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 12 Jul. 1997, 1644.


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