According to a bill introduced in 1975 by then Senator Roman Hrushka R-NE, eventually rolled into legislation and passed into law in October 1976, Former Director of the FBI, Robert Muller’s legal term of office ended in 2011. Senator Chuck Grassley introduced S 1103 to extend Director Muller’s term as Director of the FBI in June of 2011. At the time, Sen. Grassley had this in part to say,
Despite knowing about Director Mueller’s impending term limit and initiating a search for a successor led by the Attorney General and Vice President Biden, President Obama chose not to send the Senate a nomination for the Director of the FBI. Instead, the President has decided that notwithstanding those statutory provisions, Director Mueller should continue to serve in this position for another two years.
Although I do not think that legislation to extend the term should depend on personalities, Director Mueller has performed admirably as FBI Director. With the recent death of Usama Bin Laden, and the approaching ten year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, however, unique circumstances may warrant support of the President’s request that there be a one-time, limited extension of the term of this particular Director…(close of remarks) I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that a satisfactory process is found to enable Director Mueller to continue to serve until 2013 in light of the current terrorist threat.” Sen. Grassley statement, June 2011
S.1103 was passed and sent to the House of Representatives for consideration and became law on July 26, 2011. The Summary:
(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on July 21, 2011. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to create a new term of service for the office of Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which shall begin on or after August 3, 2011, and continue until September 4, 2013.
Makes the incumbent Director on the date of enactment of this Act eligible to be appointed for such new term but only for such new term. Prohibits such incumbent from serving as Director after September 4, 2013. Exempts such incumbent from the prohibition against a Director serving more than one 10-year term.
Let us look at this in a little timeline
On the right is what should have happened: Director steps down at the end of term, President has 90 days to submit nominee, duties are shared between Frmr. Director and Deputy Director. This poses no transition problems for the department as the Frmr. Director and Deputy director would or should be working in concert anyway. It poses no transition problems for the incoming President because he has the two key people still in place to advise the incoming Director of any department.
One wonders what would have happened if the Democratic nominee had won the nomination; Muller for lifetime Sheriff of Nottingham?
- April 27th Q-DROP Part One- GINORMOUSLY YUGE!– Mishel McComber of Deception Bytes, YT
- All Information (Except Text) for S.2212 – An Act to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, and for other purposes.94th Congress (1975-1976)
- Obama to pick new FBI director in second term – USAToday Nov 8, 2012
- Senator Chuck Grassley on S.1103 A bill to extend FBI Directorship for 2 years – Senator Chuck Grassley
- Directors, Then and Now – fbi.gov