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.