Mueller FBI Extension: Obama Can’t Find Good Replacement?


FBI director Robert Mueller, 66, is such a hard man to replace that President Obama wants to extend his 10-year term for two more years. “Bob Mueller has set the gold standard for leading the bureau,” Obama said. “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.”

The reaction was largely positive, including endorsements from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX). The Washington Post says some law enforcement sources expressed dismay Mueller would not depart as planned, saying that agents have been looking forward to a “new face” at the helm and that many careers have been on hold with no turnover in the top job. “I think this decision is equal parts a vote of confidence in Mueller and a vote of no confidence in his possible successors,” said Mueller biographer Garrett Graff. “If there had been one super-clear candidate, then I think it would have been easier for them to pick someone else.” The Post editorial page also expressed dismay, saying that the extension “sets a bad precedent that should not be repeated,”

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