Sessions was a well-respected federal judge in San Antonio and a former U.S. attorney when President Ronald Reagan named him in 1987 to take over the bureau, which had been tainted by the Iran-Contra affair.
Five years later, Sessions was under a cloud. An internal ethics report found fault with his use of FBI aircraft to visit family and friends, and said he had improperly spent $10,000 in government money for a fence at his home. Attorney General Janet Reno pressured him to resign. Morale at the bureau suffered. He refused to quit.
Finally, in July 1993, Clinton fired him, after stalling for months in hopes of avoiding a political firestorm.more » « less