Senate Dems Endorse Bush's Choice for Attorney General

That's what Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is telling Michael Mukasey (myoo-KAY'-zee) at the start of his confirmation hearing today.

But even as they plan some tough questions to assess Mukasey's independence from the Bush White House, both Leahy and other Democrats expect him to be swiftly approved.

Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says the most important qualities the U.S. needs in an attorney general right now are "independence and integrity." And in his prepared remarks, Schumer says Mukasey "seems to possess these vital attributes."

Mukasey, in his prepared statement, says he will strike a delicate balance between keeping the nation safe and protecting the civil liberties of Americans.


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