President Obama Asks Congress for an Extension on Robert Mueller’s FBI Term

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 10: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller testifies before the the House (Select) Committee on Intelligence at the U.S. Captiol February 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. While testifying to the committee, Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta confirmed that he had intelligence that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may be stepping down today. The intelligence leaders testified to the committee in an open hearing about "world wide threats" before moving into a closed briefing. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robert Mueller Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

President Obama asked Congress to extend Robert Mueller's term as FBI director rather than enforce mandatory retirement for the 66-year-old, putting aside the search for candidates to replace him. The president called Mueller the "gold standard for leading the Bureau" and cited ongoing terrorist threats, but it sounds like the shake-up at the top of the CIA and Defense departments expected later this year isn't going as smoothly as planned. [WP, NYT]