OF FBI DIRECTOR ROBERT S. MUELLER, III, ON THE RETIREMENT
OF CIA DIRECTOR GEORGE TENET
D.C. -- FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, issued
the following statement today:
have worked closely with George Tenet during my
tenure as FBI Director. We have jointly briefed
the President every weekday morning and participated
in countless other meetings, and I have consistently
been impressed by his patriotism, his leadership,
and his commitment to protecting the American people.
I know he has earned the respect of leaders around
the world. He has certainly earned mine.
has transformed the CIA – working to build
its human intelligence capabilities, improving the
caliber of its analysis and intelligence products,
and providing a model for the use of Information
Technology in the Intelligence Community. I have
seen the results of his efforts every day in the
intelligence we receive and in the unprecedented
cooperation between our agencies.
has sought at every turn to bridge the gap between
the CIA and FBI with one goal in mind – the
security of the American public. Due to his constant
efforts to bring the intelligence agencies closer
together, we are better able to predict the actions
of our adversaries and to protect Americans from
evolving transnational threats.
resignation is a great loss to the CIA, to the American
people, and to me personally. I wish him all the