The U.S. Senate extended FBI Director Robert Mueller’s term for two years, granting the Obama administration’s request to keep him in the post.
The Senate voted 100-0 to confirm Mueller. He took over a week before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and was due to leave office in September with the expiration of his 10-year term as head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. President Barack Obama has said he needed Mueller to stay on because of leadership changes at other national security agencies.
The extension “offers the necessary stability and continuity” for the FBI, said Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, in remarks preceding today’s vote.
Mueller has transformed the bureau, shifting its top priority from crime-fighting to counterterrorism. The Obama administration has been looking for his replacement amid Republican criticism of its approach to interrogating and prosecuting terrorism suspects.
Obama has been making changes in his national security team as he prepares to run for a second term. Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta took over the Pentagon from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. The president chose General David Petraeus to lead the CIA.
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