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Tag: Robert S. Mueller III

Outgoing FBI Director Mueller III Speaks About How Sept. 11 Changed the FBI

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S Mueller III never imagined that his bureau would be consumed with the fight on terror.

After all, Mueller started his job as director a week before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I love prosecuting cases, and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations and the like, and that’s why I became a prosecutor,” Mueller said in a rare interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reports.“I did not expect to be spending my time preventing terrorist attacks,”

Twelve years later, Mueller is exiting a bureau that has been transformed to handle the global war on terror. Since the attacks, the FBI has invested heavily in intelligence programs and information technology, while opening 18 overseas posts.

“You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said.

Senate Overwhelmingly Approves James Comey as Next FBI Director

James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise here.

The Senate, by a vote of 93 to 1 gave the nod Monday to make James Comey the next FBI director. He’ll replace Robert S. Mueller III, who headed the agency for a dozen years, according to the Washington Post.

Comey, 52, was a senior Justice Department official under the Bush administration.

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement in response:

 “FBIAA, representing more than 12,000 active duty and retired Agents, congratulates James Comey on his confirmation by the Senate to be the next FBI Director. There are a number of significant issues facing the Bureau that may affect public safety and national security, including challenges resulting from sequestration and other budget cuts. We look forward to working with Mr. Comey to address these and other challenges.”

 

Woman Is Among Top Contenders to Replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Among President Obama’s top choices for replacing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is a woman, Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post  reports.

Citing current and former administration officials, the Post wrote that Lisa Monaco, a former senior Justice Department official who became Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, is among the top contenders.

Mueller, 68, plans to step down Sept. 4 following 12 years on the job.

Obama plans to find a successor soon to make time for the confirmation process before Congress.

“Mueller will leave very big shoes to fill,” said one Justice Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. “Two years ago, he was portrayed as the indispensable man. Now, the FBI is going to have to do without the indispensable man in a matter of a few months.”

Horwitz writes:

Among the names that have surfaced as contenders are Monaco, who oversaw the National Security Division at Justice before moving to the White House; Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; James B. Comey, deputy attorney general in the George W. Bush administration; Neil MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney in Chicago.

 

FBI Director Mueller Picks Aaron Zebley as New Chief of Staff

Aaron Zebley/uv law school photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Aaron M. Zebley is movin on up.

The website Main Justice reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has promoted Zebley to his chief of staff. Zebley, an agent and a former federal prosecutor, had been the deputy chief of staff.

Zebley will replace John P. Carlin, who has been named principle assistant deputy attorney general in the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Main Justice reported.

Zebley was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Alexandria, Va., National Security and Terrorism Unit.

From January 1998 to April 2005, he was a Special Agent with the FBI in the New York City Field Office, and was assigned to counterterrosim investigations.

He was one of the lead investigators assigned to August 7, 1998 bombing of United States Embassy in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and was designated as the case agent in the terrorism case involving Zacarias Moussaoui, according to a bio on the website of the University of Virginia Law School.

President Obama Signs Law to Extend FBI’s Mueller 2 More Years; One More Step to Go

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Inch by inch, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is moving closer to staying on the job for two more years.

President Obama on Tuesday, in the midst of all the craziness about raising the debt ceiling, signed legislation that enables Mueller to extend his 10-year term two more years. His term is set to expire on Aug. 2.

The House and Senate both passed the law.

Now, in the next phase, the Senate must approve the nomination of Mueller, which is considered a sure thing.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Gets One Step Closer to 2-Year Extension

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III moved one step closer to extending his 10-year term two additional years.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would clear the way for Mueller to stay on for two years.  The bill must now go before the House, which is expected to give its OK. That vote could come next week.

The current legislation limits the FBI directors term to 10 years. The bill is one time deal that applies to Mueller, and does not change the 10 year limit.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Ia.)  of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who supported the move, but still raised questions, issued a statement Thursday:

“This is an extraordinary step that the Senate has taken. Thirty-five years ago Congress limited the FBI director’s term to one, 10-year appointment as an important safeguard against improper political influence and abuses of the past.

“Director Mueller has proven his ability to run the FBI over the last 10 years and he has given assurances that he will remain available to Congress and our constitutional responsibilities of oversight. I am glad the Senate was able to reach an agreement that provides a one-time, short term extension of the FBI Director’s term in a manner that is consistent with the Constitution. We live in extraordinary times which make this move unfortunate, but necessary.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) of the Judiciary Committee, who was a big advocate of the extension, issued a statement saying:

“Ten weeks ago, the President asked the Congress to extend the term of service of the FBI Director. I worked in a bipartisan manner to expeditiously report a bill from the Judiciary Committee to the full Senate. While no Senator opposed an extension of Director Mueller’s term, some quibbled over the text of a bill to accomplish this goal, causing unnecessary delay. I believe the bill reported by the Committee was constitutional, and that the revisions to the bill are unnecessary.”

“Nonetheless, I am pleased that a bill passed the Senate today that will maintain continuity of leadership at the FBI as we approach the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, and face continuing threats in the wake of the President’s successful operation against Osama bin Laden. I hope the House will take up and pass this bill so that it can be signed by the President, and the Senate can confirm Director Mueller’s re-nomination, prior to August 3, 2011, when Director Mueller’s current term expires.”

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FBI Warns of Bogus Emails Soliciting Money

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI in Detroit has issued a warning: Beware of emails that display the FBI seal and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III’s name.

The emails, that have been sent to Michigan residents as well as others nationwide, direct people to contact the Department of Homeland Security and send $350 to obtain a Clearance Certificate.

Failure to do so will result in legal action, the email says.

The FBI noted that it does not send out emails soliciting personal information or asking citizens for money.

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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller’s Presence in Arizona Sends a Strong Message


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s a good thing that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III hopped a plane to Arizona to deal with the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed a federal judge and seriously wounded a member of Congress.

Sure, Mueller could have stayed back in Washington and gotten briefed regularly and made statements back here. But President Obama sent him out there, and it sends a strong message to the American people– even if just symbolic — that this country won’t tolerate such violence, particularly when it strikes at the heart of our government and our system.

Sure, Arizona has FBI agents on the ground and a special agent in charge, Nathan Thomas Gray. But it can’t hurt to have the big guy there.

Chances are, the gunman acted alone. But FBI and other law enforcement have to make sure. The FBI says its working on that.

In the meantime, Mueller’s presence sends a message that no resources will be spared in investigating this senseless tragedy.