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Pickard named acting FBI director

By Kelli Arena
CNN Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that FBI Deputy Director Tom Pickard will serve as the acting director for the bureau beginning Saturday.

Louis Freeh officially retired Friday.

Pickard's appointment was expected as President Bush continues to consider a permanent replacement.

Pickard is a 26-year veteran of the bureau and has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the World Trade Center bombing, the explosion of TWA Flight 800 and the capture of so-called "Railway Killer" Rafael Resendez-Ramirez.


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Last month, he was put in charge of hiring someone to oversee the FBI's file management system following the discovery of thousands of pages of unreleased documents from the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

Freeh announced May 1 that he was retiring after serving as director for more than seven years.


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