Mueller Describes FBI-NYPD Problems As “Bumps In the Road”


FBI chief Robert Mueller told a U.S. Senate committee he hasn't bothered calling New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about the latest terror threat, reports the New York Daily News. If Kelly wanted to know more about the foiled Yemeni underwear bomb plot, he could have picked up the phone and called, Mueller said. “As I told Ray, he's always welcome to call,” he said, repeatedly referring to the commissioner as “Ray.”

Mueller found himself being grilled by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) about his secret-hoarding after Kelly fumed that the NYPD had been left in the dark on the details of the plot. “That's the type of information, quite frankly, that we need, deserve,” Kelly vented. The FBI got around to briefing NYPD brass Monday. Schumer asked Mueller to call Kelly, suggesting that his failure to brief Kelly underscored a growing rift between the FBI and NYPD. “No, no, no, no,” Mueller insisted. “There are always bumps in the road. And every six months or so, Ray Kelly and I get together and discuss those bumps in the road and move on.” Mueller may say the FBI and the NYPD work well together, but an FBI source said that's far from true.

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