The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey as attorney general, all but assuring his approval by the full Senate.
The 11-8 vote saw two key Democrats, Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles E. Schumer of New York, join the committee’s Republicans in supporting the nomination. When Feinstein spoke her “aye” vote, a protester yelled from the back of the room, “No!” […]
[…] The committee vote was seen as the big hurdle for Mukasey, who found support in vowing to standup to the White House, review administration security policies to make sure that they adhere to the law and resign if Bush crossed the line.
In the full Senate, all 49 Republicans and at least half of the 51-member Democratic caucus are expected to vote for him, Democratic party aides said. […]
As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote today on the nomination of retired judge Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, a new PBS documentary features interviews with victims of extraordinary rendition speaking for the first time on US television. We speak to investigative journalist Stephen Grey. [includes rush transcript] […]