Senate confirms Mueller for new term as FBI head

July 27, 2011 - 4:44 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted unanimously to extend the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller, who took over the agency just days before the Sept. 11 attacks.

The vote to confirm Mueller for up to two more years came a day after President Barack Obama signed legislation making a one-time exception of the 10-year limit to how long an FBI director may serve. Mueller's term was set to expire on Aug. 2.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Democrat Patrick Leahy said Obama asked Mueller to stay on the job to ensure continuity at a time when the nation was getting a new defense secretary and a new director of the CIA.