Director Mueller's Response to the Inspector General
Report on the "Department of Justice's Actions
In Connection with the Search for Absent Texas Legislators"
DC - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III issued
the following statement regarding the Inspector
General's report on the "Department of Justice's
Action In Connection with the Search for Absent
we appreciate the Inspector General's efforts. The
report appears to be a thorough and well-considered
summary and analysis of the events, and we will
carefully review its findings and recommendations.
"The IG found
that one FBI employee assisted his colleagues from
the Texas Department of Public Safety in making
phone calls to one of the legislators who was his
friend. While the IG believes that it would have
been the better course to decline the request for
assistance, the IG report finds no inappropriate
motive on the employee's part and concludes that
'we do not believe he committed misconduct or violated
any FBI policy.'
"We agree with
the report's recommendation that we examine the
guidance provided to Special Agents. As we continue
to increase our cooperation and coordination with
our state and local partners, we will work to ensure
that all FBI personnel exercise the best possible
discretion in responding to requests from their
law enforcement colleagues. We look forward to working
with the Inspector General on this matter."