In 1998, FBI agent Robert Wright had begun tracking a terrorist cell in Chicago, suspecting that money used for the 1998 bombings of US embassies came from a Saudi multimillionaire living in Chicago. In January of 2001, in spite of his belief that his case was growing stronger, he was told that it was being closed.
"The New Pearl Harbor", David Ray Griffin
Wrights claims are often attached to the suggestion that the Bush administration ordered the FBI to "back off" al Qaeda investigations. That looks to be the case, here, too, with the Wright investigation closed down as soon as Bush arrives. Unfortunately it's not entirely accurate.
Spend a little time looking up information about Wright online and you find more items on the real story.
Chicago-based FBI Special Agent Robert Wright, who worked in counterterrorism from 1993-1999...
"Vulgar Betrayal" was the first operation that culminated with the use of civil forfeiture laws to seize the U.S. assets of terrorist groups. The confiscated funds were directly linked to Saudi Arabian businessman Yassin Kadi, also known as Yassin al-Qadi, who has since been identified as one of the "chief money launderers" for Osama bin Ladin...
Wright says that FBI management "intentionally and repeatedly thwarted and obstructed" his attempts to expand the investigation to arrest other terrorists and seize their assets.
On August 4, 1999, the FBI removed Wright from the "Vulgar Betrayal" operation, which was terminated shortly thereafter.
The FBI would soon find out that Bob Wright is not easily silenced. In September 1999, he had hired Chicago lawyer David Schippers, famed as House investigative counsel in the Clinton impeachment.
So according to these accounts, Wrights investigation was closed in 1999, not 2001 at all. There may well be a case here for suggesting that the FBI has been useless at fighting terrorism, but the timeline doesn't support the idea that it's somehow all down to Bush.