I was a prosecutor and an FBI agent for many, many years.
We are potentially the most dangerous agency in the country.
The country was not focused on terrorism before September 11th.
My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations.
The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.
I wanted all my visits to be official. When I sent the pass back with a note, I had no idea it would antagonize the president. I found out years later that it did.
Collecting intelligence information is like trying to drink water out of a fire hydrant. You know, in hindsight It's great. The problem is there's a million dots at the time.
And I understand that, I testified in closed hearings over eight years because there are intelligence matters, there are sensitive matters that should not be held in a public hearing.
I was concerned about who he would put in there as FBI director because he had expressed antipathy for the FBI, for the director. I was going to stay there and make sure that he couldn't replace me.