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PROCESS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE FOR FBI NOMINEE

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The White House and the FBI have moved quickly to get U.S. District Judge Louis Freeh confirmed as FBI director, getting the background check and Freeh's questionnaire to the Senate within two days of his nomination.

The check and paperwork often take four to six weeks.But the Freeh nomination was ready to go - probably made easier because the FBI checked his background and because he completed another questionnaire two years ago when he was nominated as a federal judge.

"They're way ahead of the curve here, in terms of they've got the FBI report, the questionnaire's answered," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., D-Del. "We are way ahead of where we usually are."

Biden said he was not sure if the committee could complete Freeh's hearing before the August recess.

Ranking Republican Orrin Hatch of Utah said, "It's going to be tough in this time frame, but I'm going to try to do it."

Freeh, a Rutgers College and Rutgers Law School graduate, was an FBI agent from 1975-1981 and a federal prosecutor in Manhattan for the next decade before President Bush nominated him to be U.S. District Judge in 1991.