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Kohl probes plan to close FBI field offices


WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAU) – Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl grilled the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today on plans to close three field offices in Wisconsin, including the office in Wausau.

“We think it’s a bad idea to close those offices,” Kohl said FBI director Robert Mueller during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary committee. “As I have heard from law enforcement throughout the Western District in Wisconsin, FBI presence in their rural areas is critical to maintaining long-time partnerships that protect Wisconsin from criminal and terrorism threats.”

The FBI’s plans would transfer agents who work in Wausau to other parts of the state. The agency would also close offices in Kenosha and La Crosse, transferring agents to Milwaukee and Eau Claire, respectively.

Mueller told senators that some of the offices are being closed to save costs for securing classified documents. Mueller said the closures are not final and he is open to other solutions.