Mukasey Faces Senate Hurdle

Judiciary Committee is demanding White House documents
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2007 4:10 AM CDT
President Bush, right, listens as Michael Mukasey, his choice for attorney general, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. Mukasey, 66, a retired federal judge...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The confirmation of former federal judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general may not be the slam dunk the White House expects it to be. Senate Democrats have warned that the Judiciary Committee will delay confirmation unless the administration turns over documents the panel is seeking in several investigations, reports the New York Times. Mukasey was chosen specifically to avoid a bitter confirmation battle.

“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?'" said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy.