Federal Judge to Replace Gonzales

Compromise candidate will be named attorney general
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 2:30 AM CDT
Rudy Giuliani, right, is symbolically sworn-in as New York City Mayor by U.S. District Court Judge Michael B. Mukasey, left, during a private ceremony in New York in this Dec. 31, 1993 file photo. Giuliani's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush  is expected to announce the appointment of retired New York federal judge Michael B. Mukasey  as attorney general, reports the Washington Post. Mukasey, 66, is considered an authority on national security issues and is a law-and-order conservative. He is also seen as someone who could be confirmed without a long battle in the Senate.

"The Justice Department has been really beleaguered over the last few months," said one former White House adviser. "Bringing someone in like Mike Mukasey will be a real shot in the arm." Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson had been a leading candidate but the Senate was spoiling to block his confirmation.