"FBI chief: Justice Dept. didn't meddle in political matters
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller said Wednesday he is confident that nobody in the Justice Department exerted any undue political influence on any of the high-visibility public corruption cases of recent years, citing a “firewall” of career professionals at Justice who keep political appointees at bay...
“I have not seen an indication of political pressure in any way adversely affecting any of our investigations,” Mueller told a group of reporters at a Washington breakfast.
Mueller was pressed several times on how the Justice Department handled such high-profile political cases. He said that when U.S. attorneys recommend the indictment of a “substantial public figure” the charges are routinely reviewed in Washington by longtime employees of the department.
The director said the bureau put a higher priority on public corruption cases after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced a re-evaluation of the FBI's mission. Since then, he said, “public corruption has been our No. 1 priority on the criminal side,” resulting in a doubling of such convictions between 2000 and 2006.
He added, “After dialogue, discussion, hashing out, we believe that public corruption and civil rights are two that, if we do not do it, there is no other entity in the United States that you can rely upon to have those areas addressed.”
"For years and years, information and evidence being collected by the counterintelligence operations of certain U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies has been prevented from being transferred to criminal and narcotics (and counterterrorism) divisions, and from being shared with the Drug Enforcement Agency and others with prosecutorial power... If (it) implicates certain nations, semi-legit organizations or the politically powerful in this country"