Remember Senator Grassley's 18 questions about the case, posed to the FBI on August 7? They have still not been answered. Senator Grassley was very impressive during the hearing: logical, refusing to be sidetracked, steady like a bulldozer. He also submitted a Statement for the Record, from which the following is taken:
Dozens and dozens of serious questions remain unanswered...there needs to be a substantive, in-depth, and independent inquiry of the sort that only Congress can conduct at this point. I challenge Director Mueller to embrace this sort of scrutiny and open the FBI's files on this matter for inspection by representatives of the American people. I challenge the leadership of the Senate and this Committee to put the time, resources and energy necessary into conducting a thorough review in which the public can have confidence.
I have a question for FBI Director Mueller. During both hearings he noted how much he "abhors leaks." Then why did FBI try to convince us of Ivins' guilt using a crescendo of leaks? Many were unsubstantiated, while some of the leaked events had been orchestrated by FBI. Then, following criticisms of the 'leak method' in the media, FBI official John Miller apologized.
If Mueller so abhors leaks, why has no one been punished for them, and why have they been so carefully aligned with the FBI's game plan for this case? The Bureau looks more like a public relations agency than a law enforcement agency these days. How much farther can its credibility fall?