Senate Judiciary Committee Green Lights Mukasey

With the help of Senate Democrats Sens. Chuck Schumer and Dianne Feinstien, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of Judge Michael Mukasey to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States.

Mukasey faced opposition over his refusal to define the practice of “waterboarding” as torture. While Mukasey said that he finds the practice of waterboarding “morally repugnant,” he said that he could not formally define the practice as torture without a more complete briefing on the practice. More importantly, he said, he does not want to legally condemn any Americans who may have employed the interrogation practice.

With confirmation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Mukasey is widely expected to gain the confirmation of the full Senate. For more information about Judge Mukasey’s record, click here for an analysis from National Public Radio. For the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Letter to Mukasey, click here. (You can also find Judge Mukasey’s response here, and the official White House endorsement of Mukasey here.

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