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Democrats Warn of Hurdle for Justice Nominee
NYT (What else...)
Two Senate Democrats warned today that they might delay confirming President Bush’s next attorney general unless the White House turns over documents relating to several investigations, a move that could provoke the kind of confirmation fight that the Bush administration was hoping to avoid.
At a time when Democrats are bitterly at odds with the Bush administration over the war in Iraq, the selection of Mr. Mukasey — a Washington outsider who met Mr. Bush for the first time during an hourlong interview at the White House on Sept. 1 — seemed to signal that the administration is looking to move past the partisanship that characterized Mr. Gonzales’ tenure.
But two Democrats who will have a powerful say over whether Mr. Mukasey gets confirmed — Senators Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont and Charles E. Schumer of New York — vowed today to use the nomination to pressure the White House into turning over information that the Senate Judiciary Committee has been seeking on the domestic wiretapping program and the government’s treatment of military detainees.
“All I want is the material we need to ask some questions about the former attorney general’s conduct, on torture and warrantless wiretapping, so we can legitimately ask, ‘Here’s what was done in the past, what will you do?’ ” Mr. Leahy, the committee chairman, told reporters.
Absolute bullshit. "Here's what was done in the past..."? Only in the fevered brains of the SewerSwamp d'RATS like Chuckie and 'Let-Dick-Find-Something-For-You-To-Do' Leahy.