Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama requested a two-year extension of Director Robert Mueller’s term at the FBI.
“During the last decade, Robert Mueller has provided steady leadership and stability at the FBI and worked to transform the culture of the Bureau into an agency skilled at indentifying and preventing terrorist attacks in the United States. That transition is ongoing, but no one is in a better position than Director Mueller to see it through.
“In the past 10 years, the FBI has prevented major terrorist plots against the United States. The Bureau has played an essential role in more than 20 significant counterterrorism operations, while infiltrating and arresting individuals charged with planning attacks against our country.
“Hundreds of individuals charged with terrorism violations have been successfully prosecuted and sentenced in federal court, including more than 300 since the September 11 attacks. FBI investigations have provided the evidentiary backbone for those trials and have directly led to putting hundreds of terrorists behind bars.
“In addition, under Mueller’s leadership the FBI has dramatically improved our effort to counter cyber threats. In 2010, the FBI arrested a record 202 individuals for criminal intrusions and obtained a record $115 million in financial judgments.
“It is a tribute to Director Mueller's dedication to public service that he has agreed to serve for another two years after a term that began just one week before September 11. This is a sensitive and challenging time. I strongly support keeping Director Mueller in this position of leadership for an additional two years, a decision that will also provide important stability in President Obama's national security team.”