September 15th, 2007
05:01 PM ET
16 years ago

Retired judge is leading candidate to replace Gonzales

Michael Mukasey

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A retired federal judge is a leading candidate to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who announced his resignation last month, two sources familiar with the search for a replacement told CNN Saturday.

Michael B. Mukasey, 66, was nominated to the bench in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, and was chief judge until September 2006 for the Southern District of New York, one of the nation's busiest and high profile U.S. court districts.

Gonzales, who was beset with controversy during his tenure, said he would resign Sept. 17. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the Justice Department's No. 3 official, will be acting attorney general until a successor is confirmed.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. alan St Louis Mo

    lol this admistration might as well appoint a democrat appointed Judge to take the postion. If it going to stick by It far right appointment they will never get passed congress.

    YEA THATS RIGHT DEMS CANT STOP YOUR VETO BUT THEY CAN STOP YOUR APPOINTMENTS. YOU CANT HAVE GIVE ME GIVE ME GIVE ME. so give the dems what they want. Or leave that postion vacant for the next guy to fill.

    September 15, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Cynthia, Framingham, Mass.

    What on Earth does the previous comment even say? I'm sorry, "alan St Louis Mo", but it is impossible to decipher. Good heavens. Please come back and attempt some punctuation, at the very least.

    September 15, 2007 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  3. Peter, Wausau, WI

    I don't know enough about this Michael Mukasey fellow to make an informed judgement about how good he would be as Attorney-General, but if he was good enough to serve as a judge for almost two decades, he must be a decent person.

    September 15, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. hawk,texas

    whom ever the shrub nominates for the position, you can well guess that he is trying to get some one that will cover his but.

    September 15, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Two decades as a judge is no guarantee of ability to be AG, but federal judges are generally much better than state judges, and the SDNY is a very sophisticated court in NYC. This guy might fly, and beats many alternatives.

    September 16, 2007 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  6. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Please,as long as he picks someone who can actually think.Not a drone like Gonzales.

    September 16, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. Mike, Tumwater, WA

    Virtually all Bush appointees so far have been political cronies, yes-men, his personal lapdogs, etc.. As his appointees continue to jump ship to avoid scrutiny and possible prosecution, any of his replacement nominees must be looked at carefully and with some skepticism. Will the nominee be able to carry out his or her responsibilities properly without political favortism? Are we getting the best person possible and not just another Bush lapdog?

    September 16, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    With this possible nomination Bush just shows what a near-sighted jerk he is. Another staunch conservative- guaranteeing a bitter fight if nopt a downright "no" from democrats? George Bush, you have 16 months in office. Why don't you try to meet in the middle just a little?

    September 16, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. Ron Nebraska

    Actually, now that Karl Rove is gone and someone like Josh Bolton is advising Bush there is a chance this nomination is not totally of a political payback nature.

    September 16, 2007 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |