November 2nd, 2007
02:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Source: Leahy to vote 'no' on Mukasey

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont will vote against the nomination of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, a source close to the senator told CNN Friday.

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Filed under: Michael Mukasey • Patrick Leahy
November 2nd, 2007
08:40 AM ET
6 years ago

Bush plays the 9/11 card

Watch Suzanne Malveaux's report about President Bush's speech at the Heritage Foundation Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush used strong words Thursday. Saying "some in Washington should spend more time responding to the warnings of terrorists like Osama bin Laden and the requests of our commanders on the ground and less time responding to the demands of bloggers and Code Pink protesters," Bush went to bat for his embattled Attorney General nominee. Watch this report about the President's effort to keep Michael Mukasey on track for confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

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Filed under: Michael Mukasey • President Bush
October 30th, 2007
05:32 PM ET
7 years ago

Mukasey: Waterboarding 'repugnant,' no legal opinion

Mukasey says he personally finds waterboarding 'repugnant.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush's pick for attorney general, Judge Michael Mukasey, called the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" a "repugnant" practice Tuesday, but again refused to say whether it violates U.S. laws banning torture.

As he did in his Oct. 18 confirmation hearing, Mukasey told Senate Judiciary Committee members that he has not received classified briefings on what techniques American interrogators are allowed to use and cannot make a legal judgment.

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Filed under: Michael Mukasey
October 30th, 2007
10:15 AM ET
8 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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–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart 

Filed under: Chris Dodd • Michael Mukasey • The Situation Room
October 17th, 2007
02:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Attorney general nominee pledges independence

Michael Mukasey prepares to testify before a Senate committee on his nomination for attorney general.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Attorney General-designate Michael Mukasey made it clear to senators Wednesday that he would be independent of the White House and would make legal decisions based "on facts and law, not by interests and motives."

Mukasey, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would resign from office if ever faced with a presidential order he believed was unconstitutional.

He said he does not believe the president has legal authority to approve torture techniques for use on terror suspects, something former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say.

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Filed under: Michael Mukasey
October 16th, 2007
07:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Senators discuss Mukasey and presidential power

Watch Sens. Leahy and Specter in the Situation Room.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, were in CNN's Situation Room Tuesday.  Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Specter, the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the upcoming confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey, presidential power, and revising federal wiretapping law.

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October 11th, 2007
08:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Former attorney general hires influential lawyer

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired a powerful Washington attorney to represent him.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired influential Washington attorney George Terwilliger to represent him as a probe continues into allegations he misled lawmakers about a controversial surveillance program and illegally let politics influence hiring and firing decisions at the Justice Department.

Terwilliger tells CNN his firm is "assisting Judge Gonzales as we assist many companies and individuals when they are cooperating with investigations. It is always unfair for anyone to assume that hiring a lawyer represents anything other than common sense."


Filed under: Alberto Gonzales • Michael Mukasey
October 10th, 2007
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Attorney general confirmation hearings begin next week

The Senate will begin Mukasey's confirmation hearing next week.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey will begin next Wednesday, Oct. 17, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday.

President Bush nominated Judge Mukasey to replace Alberto Gonzales last month. Gonzales was criticized for the controversial firing of eight U.S. attorneys. He resigned in August.

- CNN Assignment Editor Katy Byron

Filed under: Michael Mukasey
September 17th, 2007
11:00 AM ET
12 years ago

Bush nominates Mukasey

President Bush with Michael Mukasey in the White House Rose Garden Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush announced Monday morning that he has chosen a former federal judge, Michael Mukasey, as attorney general.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mukasey will replace Alberto Gonzales.

Bush touted Mukasey's record in a Rose Garden announcement.

"Judge Mukasey was widely admired for his brilliance and his integrity" while on the bench, Bush said.

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Filed under: Michael Mukasey
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