At the request of Sen. Rand Paul, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller came to Capitol Hill this afternoon and met with Sen. Paul to answer questions regarding the recent arrest of two suspected terrorists in Bowling Green, Ky., among other issues.
The two men arrested, Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, were granted refugee status to enter the United States though one of the men had been connected through fingerprints found in 2005 on an unexploded roadside bomb set to blow up a U.S. convoy in Iraq. Sen. Paul has raised a number of questions and concerns about the screening process through which refugee status is granted, and how terrorists like the two arrested in his hometown of Bowling Green were able to enter the U.S. in the first place.
While many details of today's meeting are classified, Sen. Paul released the following statement in summary:
"I am pleased with the outcome of today's meeting with FBI Director Mueller. I will continue to press the issue of how the refugee screening process - and admittance process - needs to be heavily scrutinized. I asked Director Mueller to convey a message to President Obama, urging him to reconsider the number of foreign nationals granted asylum in the United States. Protecting our national security is of the utmost importance - if this process is broken, it needs to be fixed and Americans need to know any future threats of this kind are being prevented to the fullest extent."