John Deutch: UNDESIGNATED DIRECTOR

AFTER HIS NOMINEE TO HEAD THE AGENCY BOWS OUT, CLINTON CALLS ON A MAN WHO TURNED DOWN THE JOB

ARE WHITE HOUSE NOMINATIONS cursed? Retired General Michael P.C. Carns was the surest bet Bill Clinton had for an easy confirmation as CIA director--Harvard Business School graduate, Vietnam veteran and former vice chief of staff of the Air Force. "You couldn't find someone with a more exemplary career than Mike Carns'," said a White House aide. "But now you can't get a nominee through unless he's one of the apostles."

Or at least an apostle who doesn't face a problem with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Last week Carns withdrew his nomination after FBI agents informed him that he may have...

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