In testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey showed right away why he’s likely to be confirmed, by disavowing the 2002 Justice Department memo asserting that the president could issue orders that violate the Geneva Conventions and international and U.S. anti-torture laws. Then there was this reassuring statement: "Partisan politics plays no part in either the bringing of charges or the timing of charges." And if the president ignores his counsel in favor of another course? "I would try to talk him out of it or leave," the former federal judge said. Sounds like Mukasey is on track to be Bush’s third attorney general and the nation’s 81st.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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