FBI director tells Congress of al-Qaida threat

By PETE YOST | June 8, 2011 | 1:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Robert Mueller has told Congress that one of the early assessments from the intelligence gathered at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan is that al-Qaida remains committed to attacking the United States.

Mueller made the comments Wednesday to the Senate Judiciary Committee where he got a favorable reception from Republicans and Democrats who are considering legislation that would extend his job for up to two more years, a proposal initiated by President Barack Obama.

Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., expressed confidence that Congress would agree to the extension. A co-sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said continuity in the arenas of national security and counter-terrorism is important, especially in light of increased threats.