October 24, 2007 |
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote in favor of Michael Mukasey to be the new U.S. attorney general, sending his nomination to the full Senate for confirmation. What is most surprising is the wave of support from the committee's Democrats, who seem determined to ignore what they clearly view as a minor flaw in the nominee: his refusal to denounce the deplorable practice of "water-boarding" and his apparent willingness to lie to duck the issue.
February 2, 2008 |
'Out of the mouths of babes," goes the old saying -- to which we now may add, "and from the mouths of attorneys general." When Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey went before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week to testify about the Bush administration's use of torture to obtain information from terrorists and suspected terrorists, it's fair to assume that he had no intention of highlighting the moral absurdity of the government's position. Still, that's exactly what he did.
November 22, 2008 |
Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey left George Washington Hospital less than a day after collapsing as he gave a speech. Mukasey, 67, was hospitalized overnight for observation and underwent routine tests, spokeswoman Gina Talamona said. She called the episode "a fainting spell." A person who attended the dinner of the Federalist Society where Mukasey collapsed Thursday night said he was shaking and perhaps slurring his words before he fell.
November 10, 2007 |
Retired federal judge Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as the nation's 81st attorney general, filling a vacancy left when Alberto R. Gonzales resigned amid questions about his credibility. Mukasey, 66, was sworn in at a private Justice Department ceremony about 16 hours after he narrowly won Senate confirmation as the third attorney general of the Bush administration. Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Mukasey was joined by family members at the closed-door ceremony.
February 7, 2008 |
Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey wants Congress to act to prevent the release of thousands of criminals from federal prison under new crack cocaine sentencing rules. In testimony prepared for a House hearing today, Mukasey indicates his support for the new guidelines that reduce federal prison time for crack cocaine convicts -- but only for first-time, nonviolent offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission rules taking effect in less than a month would let nearly 20,000 federal inmates seek reductions in their crack cocaine sentences.
December 20, 2007
Re "Justice acts to control tapes probe," Dec. 15 I'm shocked that the new attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, has shown himself to be just another Bush apparatchik by denying congressional committees information. It would appear that the Justice Department was being subjected to political pressure, Mukasey said, if it gives Congress any information.