Obama Wants FBI Director Mueller To Stay An Additional Two Years

May 12, 2011

President Obama has announced he will ask Congress to extend the tenure of his FBI director for two more years.

Robert Mueller's 10-year term is set to expire in September.

Mueller became FBI director only days before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a statement announcing the decision, the White House quoted the president as saying that "Bob Mueller has set the gold standard for leading the bureau. 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."

Mueller has indeed overseen a major transformation of the FBI, which now gathers intelligence and continues to fight crime.

Attorney General Eric Holder, also in a statement, said Mueller is "one of the most respected prosecutors of his generation ... [and] has earned the confidence of two presidents for his ability to lead and his calmness under fire."

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced he supports the decision. And the FBI Agents Association, which represents nearly 12,000 active and retired agents, said it too is in favor. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.