Senate panel approves extending FBI chief's term

AP News
Posted: Jun 16, 2011 2:02 PM
Senate panel approves extending FBI chief's term

The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced legislation to extend the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller for two years.

The extension needs approval from both houses of Congress. It was requested by President Barack Obama and supported by several major law enforcement organizations. The FBI director's term is limited by law to 10 years, and Congress must act before Aug. 3.

If the legislation passes, Obama will have taken off the table what could have become a contentious political fight in the Senate over a replacement. With the extension, Mueller would serve until the start of September 2013.

The president elected in 2012 would choose his successor at the FBI.