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Thursday
Nov152012

FBI Chief Briefs Select Lawmakers on Petraeus Events

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- FBI Director Robert Mueller had a 90-minute closed-door meeting on Wednesday with Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to brief the lawmaker on the events that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.  

The meeting was also attended by Maryland Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, the ranking Democratic member of the committee, and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce.

CIA acting director Mike Morrell was also on Capitol Hill to brief the two lawmakers.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Dianne Feinstein and ranking GOP member Saxby Chambliss were also briefed on the Petraeus matter by Mueller.

After their meeting, Feinstein and Chambliss issued a joint statement: “Today we received a comprehensive briefing from FBI Director Robert Mueller and Deputy Director Sean Joyce on the events that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus.  They answered our questions.  Because this is an ongoing FBI investigation, we will have no further comment.”

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont met with Mueller, as well.

The Intelligence and Judiciary committees have oversight of the FBI.

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Tuesday
Jun122012

AG Holder and FBI Director Questioned in Leak Investigation

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- In what seemed to be an unusual disclosure, Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday testified that both he and FBI Director Robert Mueller have been interviewed by FBI agents conducting the leak investigation into disclosures of the recent al Qaeda bomb plot.

“In an abundance of caution -- I’ll just say this -- both the director and I have been already interviewed in connection with the knowledge that we had of those matters; at least of that matter,” Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Agents from the Washington Field Office have been investigating the leaks about the averted attack.  The FBI is also investigating the source of the leak over who revealed that the individual at the center of the plot was a double agent working for Britain’s MI-6 secret intelligence service and the CIA, along with Saudi Arabian intelligence assets.

“I can also tell you that I have been interviewed already and I can tell you that that interview was not some kind of pro forma, ‘take it easy’ interview.  I mean, these were serious -- a serious interview that was done by some serious FBI agents. The same thing happened to the director of the FBI, as well, because we were people who had knowledge of these matters and we wanted to make sure that with regard to the investigation that it began with us,” Holder testified.

Holder was extensively questioned by Republican senators about why he had not appointed a special counsel to oversee the leak investigations into the bomb plot and the disclosures about President Obama ordering cyber attacks against Iran with the Stuxnet computer worm that appeared in an article in the New York Times by David Sanger. Last Friday Holder appointed Ron Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Colombia, and Rod Rosenstein to lead the criminal investigations.

“I think they are extremely serious,” Holder said about the damaging effect of the leaks, but he defended his appointment of the two U.S. attorneys to lead the cases.

“The two people I have appointed to look into these matters are first-rate prosecutors, who will do, I think, a great job. And as we look at the history of what U.S. attorneys, who have been appointed in these kinds of cases, I think we can feel a great deal of comfort,” Holder said.

Graham said it was a double standard that Holder has not appointed a special counsel yet when compared to the leak investigation of CIA Officer Valerie Plame, which focused on the Bush White House.

“Vice President Biden was on TV morning, noon and night, urging the Bush administration to appoint a special counsel in the Valerie Plame case,” Graham said.

“As attorney general, I am seized with the responsibility of looking at allegations, controversies and making the decision on the basis of what I think is best for a successful investigation and potential prosecution,” Holder said.

In the Plame case then Attorney General John Ashcroft recused himself from the investigation when it appeared the White House may be involved. Several months after the initial investigation began then Deputy Attorney General James Comey appointed U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald as special counsel.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who had called for Holder’s resignation during the hearing, asked Holder if he was concerned that U.S. Attorney Ron Machen, who is heading up one of the criminal leak investigations, had made $4,600 in political donations to the Obama campaign in 2007 and 2008 before he was appointed U.S. attorney.

“Would it surprise you to know that he is a political contributor to President Obama’s campaign and indeed serves as a volunteer in ‘Obama for America,’ and assisted in the vetting of potential vice presidential candidates?” Cornyn asked.

“I am confident that he has the ability, the capacity to investigate this case in a non-partisan, independent, thorough and aggressive way,” Holder responded.

Following Holder’s hearing Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution in the Senate calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the string of recent national security and intelligence leaks.

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Thursday
Jul282011

Senate Unanimously Confirms FBI Director for Two More Years

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- These days there’s nothing the Senate can seem to agree on.

But on Wednesday, there was at least one thing the lawmakers all agreed to: the Senate voted unanimously to extend the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller for another two years, with a vote of 100-0.

President Obama had asked Mueller to stay on past the end of his 10-year term to provide continuity for the White House national security team.  Congress passed legislation earlier this week to allow that extension.

Mueller’s term was set to expire on Aug. 2.

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Thursday
May122011

Obama Wants FBI Director Mueller for Two More Years

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama wants FBI Director Robert Mueller to stay on the job for another two years, and has asked Congress for permission to extend what is typically a 10-year term.

“In his ten years at the FBI, Bob Mueller has set the gold standard for leading the Bureau," the president said in a statement Thursday. "Given the ongoing threats facing the United States, as well as the leadership transitions at other agencies like the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency, I believe continuity and stability at the FBI is critical at this time."

“I am grateful for [Mueller's] leadership," Obama said, "and ask Democrats and Republicans in Congress to join together in extending that leadership for the sake of our nation’s safety and security.”

Mueller's term is set to expire on September 4.

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Wednesday
Apr062011

FBI Director Says Gov. Shutdown Impacting Morale at Bureau

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- At the House appropriations committee Wednesday morning, FBI Director Robert Mueller said talk of the looming government shutdown is already having a negative impact on morale at the FBI.

"Its adversely affecting morale in the Bureau because a number of persons don't know if they are going to be here on Monday, they don't know if they are going to get paid...it's tremendously disruptive to somebody who has given their service to a place like the Bureau. "

"I do expect our investigations will continue unhindered...but we have to evaluate every day....it's difficult."  Mueller said.

Director Mueller said matters such as training and new initiatives could be impacted.

While most FBI agents, especially in national security positions will not stop working during the shutdown it is unclear what will happen to many FBI analysts and linguists who work with agents at FBI Headquarters and in the FBI's field offices.

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