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From taking on the role only days before September 11…to the death of Osama bin Laden - FBI Director Robert Mueller ([MOLE-R] has overseen U.S. law enforcement through the past 10 years. Now President Obama wants him to stick around for a couple more.
U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “In his ten years at the FBI Bob has set the gold standard for leading the bureau- he’s improved the working relationship with local law enforcement across the country.”
President Obama announced he would like to see a rare 2-year extension for the FBI director, who was supposed to be leaving September 4- the end of his ten year term. CNN reports Congress will likely approve the extension but there are still some problems with the idea.
“If you extend it now two years, that may open the door to future presidents doing that more and more and there might be a concern that if it’s someone who’s politically favorable to that president maybe they even want to crush some criminal investigation that’s going on and you keep your friend in the FBI director job. No one’s suggesting that’s going on now. It’s just a concern that maybe this sets a dangerous precedent...”
The key words throughout the discussion on Mueller’s extension - stability and continuity - at a time when other agencies are transitioning to new leadership. But a blogger for Fire Dog Lake says – that fact alone isn’t a good enough reason to keep Mueller around.
“It’s hard to reconcile the desire for ‘seamlessness,’ which both Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder stressed in their support for the two-year extension, with the changes at Defense and CIA.”
But with ongoing threats against the United States, finding a replacement to take on the ten-year FBI Director challenge- might be difficult. A blogger for the Washingtonian says Mueller would leave behind some big shoes to fill.
“A sure sign of just how much the job has changed since Mueller took over in 2001 is that it's unlikely that the Robert Mueller of 2001 … with little counterterrorism or intelligence experience, would likely not even be considered for the job today.”
Congress set up the ten-year directors term after J. Edgar Hoover spent nearly 50 years as FBI Director. Since his reign no one else has even served the full ten-year limit.
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A new subpoena is putting a new spotlight over a controversial program called “Operation Fast and Furious”. It’s pitting the Justice Department v. Congress. More specifically: Representative Darrell Issa v. Attorney General Eric Holder. CBS News reports..
“The subpoena will come from the House Oversight Committee led by Republican Darrell Issa, it will ask for communications among senior Justice Department officials related to Fast and Furious and ‘gunwalking’, and it will list those officials, more than a dozen of them, by name.”
So what is Fast and Furious? The Houston Chronicle provides some context...
“Agents allowed illegally bought guns to ‘walk’ across the border to Mexico instead of interdicting them in an effort to trace the weapons to Mexican drug cartel kingpins. Of 1,400 guns lost, two were found at the scene of the Dec. 14, 2010, murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.”
A blogger forThe Heritage Foundation’s The Foundry points out what some are calling an obvious lie from Holder, writing...
“The most recent push by Issa and others in Congress was spurred by news that Holder knew about Fast and Furious nearly a year earlier than he had previously admitted. In May of this year, he told the House Judiciary Committee that he had ‘probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’”
Much of the mystery is over whether Holder knew about Fast and Furious. But the real question might be, did Holder know enough about the operation to be responsible? Congressman Issa says yes, Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren asked why...
VAN SUSTEREN: “Do you have any reason to believe the attorney general of the United States knew about the operation that was going on with ‘Fast and Furious’ prior to his testimony in May?”
ISSA: “He certainly knew the name ‘Fast and Furious.’”
VAN SUSTEREN: “But the actual operation who was going on, because that's the controversy.”
ISSA: “No, Greta, the controversy is he swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When he answered, I only learned about it a couple weeks ago, he certainly was not answering fully he knew about the name, knew x, y or z about it, but didn't understand it fully if that's the case.”
Who to believe? The heavyweight match “Issa vs. Holder” is using the media as it’s boxing ring. CNN reports...
“In recent days, a letter from Holder to Issa, implied that Issa is ‘more interested in using this regrettable incident to score political points than in addressing the underlying problem’.
Issa fired back, questioning Holder’s competence and credibility and saying ‘you own fast and furious.”
Holder tells Fox News, his Department will undoubtedly comply with the subpoenas.
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The Republican National Committee says a donor is reimbursing it for an outing at a topless nightclub, but questions remain for chairman Michael Steele.
Campaign ads for North Carolina’s Tea Party-backed candidate for Congress have critics saying the former Marine is trying to deliberately mislead voters.