Nomination of Central Intelligence Director

President Bush nominated Robert Gates for the position of the Director of Central Intelligence before reporters in the White House Press… read more

President Bush nominated Robert Gates for the position of the Director of Central Intelligence before reporters in the White House Press Briefing room. Robert Gates, currently deputy national security adviser, was nominated for the position in 1987 but withdrew his nomination following questioning of his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. He would be replacing William Webster as chief of the intelligence agency. President Bush said he had “no qualms” about the nomination of Robert Gates despite his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, and said Mr. Gates would participate in Cabinet meetings supplying needed intelligence in the manner President Bush did when he was head of the agency in 1976. Mr. Gates, who became deputy director of the CIA in 1986 during the continuing sales of arms to Iran and the diversion of the profits to the Contras in Central America, said CIA director William Casey did not reveal details of the arms sales to him during his work at the agency. President Bush also answered reporters' questions on the continuing problem of the Kurdish refugees in Iraq and hostilities in the Middle East. close

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Nomination of Central Intelligence Director

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Program ID:
17976-1
Category:
White House Event
Format:
News Conference
Location:
Briefing Room, White House, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
May 14, 1991
Last Aired:
Nov 16, 2006

Airing Details

  • May 14, 1991 | 10:48am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 14, 1991 | 2:05pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • May 14, 1991 | 8:22pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • May 15, 1991 | 1:23am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 15, 2006 | 8:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 15, 2006 | 11:02pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 16, 2006 | 5:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
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