WASHINGTON (CNN) - The FBI is celebrating its’ 100th anniversary Saturday, but it is unlikely that Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will be sending a card or baking a cake. Grassley remains one of the bureau's harshest critics in Congress.
While the Iowa senator is quick to praise agents in the field, he says, over the years that when problems crop up at the FBI, "It's been when headquarters has been interfering with the local agents."
Grassley charges that the FBI remains locked in turf battles with other federal law enforcement agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.
FBI Director Robert Mueller has repeatedly told Congress that the bureau has greatly improved its information sharing and cooperation with other federal agencies since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Grassley says the bureau still has a "Pac-Man mentality" - intent on gobbling up the jurisdiction of other agencies.
Listen: Grassley talks with CNN radio about the FBI
Grassley concedes the FBI deserves credit, because there's not been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 2001, but the senator also insists there's room for the FBI to transform itself from a crime-solving agency into one that is capable of averting terror threats of the 21st Century.