Bush picks ex-judge for attorney general

Former federal judge Michael Mukasey, a tough-on-terrorism jurist, was tapped by President Bush on Monday to take over as attorney general and lead a Justice Department accused of being too close to White House politics.

 Bush picks ex-judge for attorney general
Former federal judge Michael Mukasey, a tough-on-terrorism jurist, was tapped by President Bush on Monday to take over as attorney general and lead a Justice Department accused of being too close to White House politics.

Mukasey, the former chief U.S. district judge in the Manhattan courthouse just blocks from ground zero, will likely face a relatively smooth confirmation by a Democratic-led Senate that has demanded new Justice Department leadership for months. He replaces Alberto Gonzales, a Texan who announced his departure three weeks ago amid investigations that began with the firing of U.S. attorneys and mushroomed into doubts about his credibility.

Appointed to the bench in 1987 by President Reagan, Mukasey also worked for four years as a trial prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in New York's southern district — one of the Justice Department's busiest and highest-profile offices in the country.

AP
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