Mueller: Government Shutdown Would Halt Some FBI Activities


FBI investigations will continue if there is a federal government shut down but training and new programs would be “put on the back burner,” FBI director Robert Mueller told a congressional committee yesterday, according to Uncertainty over federal funding has caused low morale at the FBI, Mueller said.

Many personnel “don’t know whether they will be here on Monday,” Mueller said told the House Appropriations subcommittee that handles the Justice Department budget. Mueller said he believes the FBI is shortchanged compared with other federal intelligence agencies. Committee chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said his panel would “do anything we possibly can” to help the FBI during the ongoing budget negotiations.

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