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Bush: Tenet resigns as CIA director

Dep. Director John McLaughlin to become acting chief

Thursday, June 3, 2004 Posted: 11:05 AM EDT (1505 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CIA Director George Tenet has resigned, citing personal reasons, President Bush said Thursday.

Tenet's resignation takes effect in mid-July, after which Deputy Director John McLaughlin will become the agency's acting chief, Bush told reporters at the White House.

Bush said that Tenet informed him of his decision Wednesday night.

Bush said Tenet had done "a superb job for the American people."

"He has been a strong and able leader at the agency," Bush said.

"He has been a strong leader in the war on terror and I will miss him."

He had faced heavy criticism over the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, and on the war in Iraq, in which pre-invasion U.S. estimates that Iraq was amassing stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction now appear to have been incorrect.

Bush made the announcement before boarding Marine One for a flight to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He is on his way to Europe, where he will attend ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in World War II. (Full story)

Tenet was sworn in as the Director of Central Intelligence on July 11, 1997 by President Clinton.

A native New Yorker, Tenet holds a degree in foreign service from Georgetown University and in international affairs from Columbia University.

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Personal reasons. Yeah, right.

This guy HAS to have some incriminating video of Bush to have lasted this long.

He could at least have stayed until January, so Kerry could appoint someone competent.

Does this mean we can get rid of Rumsfield, too? Heard the justification was that we didn't want to switch horses in mid-stream. Clean house!

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