Bush: Inspector General’s report on FBI is ‘Good and Necessary Work’

By Curtis Raye

Mar 10, 2007 10:57am

ABCNews’ Karen Travers Reports: President Bush praised the Inspector General while still supporting the national security letters at the stem of this week’s FBI controversy during a joint press conference with the President of Uruguay.

"Those problems will be addressed as quickly as possible," said Bush, who was briefed on the subject last week.  He also complemented the Inspector General for "good and necessary work."

On Friday, FBI Director Robert Mueller accepted blame for privacy infringements associated with the national security letters.  According to the report, the FBI both underreported its use of the letters and failed to obtain proper subpoenas that are supposed to follow the letters.

"He took responsibility as he should have," Bush said.

The President did not see the report as a knock on the use of the letters, citing the Inspector General’s note that they were “important to the security of the United States."

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