October 30th, 2007
10:15 AM ET
11 years ago

Dodd: 'We are a nation of laws and not of men'

Watch Sen. Dodd in the Situation Room Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic White House hopeful Christopher Dodd visted the Situation Room Monday and spoke with Wolf Blitzer about Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey. 

Dodd said concerns about Mukases views on waterboarding was "a legitimate issue and one that ought to be pursued." 

"But Wolf, I have a deeper problem with Michael Mukasey," explained Dodd before summarizing Mukasey's views on the president's authority to engage wiretapping without proper authority under the governing federal statute.  

 "There's nothing more basic in our Constitution than we are a nation of laws and not men," Dodd said.  The Connecticut senator called the President's obligation to obey the law "the major issue here" with Mukasey's nomination. 

"If you believe that the President can trump a federal statute, you're violating the most basic, fundamental principle," Dodd emphasized.  Dodd told Blitzer that he would vote against Mukasey's nomination because of Mukasey's views on presidential power.

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Filed under: Chris Dodd • Michael Mukasey • The Situation Room
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Rick Pierson, Rockwall, Texas

    I can't help wondering if Sen. Dodd believes that "There's nothing more basic in our Constitution than we are a nation of laws" when it comes to illegal immigration?

    October 30, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. lauri, nj

    if you believe we're to be a nation of men, why does the Democratic party want to add all these laws about what I can drive, how much gas i can use, where I can smoke, how much fat I can eat, how much I emit into the air for global wamring, where I can talk on my cell phone ? sounds to me your party is all for MORE laws

    October 31, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |