Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Passage Of Legislation To Extend The Term Of FBI Director Robert Mueller

“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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