Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy announced today that he’ll oppose the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be the next Attorney General. Leahy says Mukasey’s refusal to condemn as “illegal” the interrogation practice known as waterboarding is at the heart of his decision.
Senator Patrick Leahy says Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey will be confirmed by the U.S. Senate if Mukasey convinces members of the Senate Judiciary committee that he’ll be independent of the political influence of the White House.
The committee will begin its review of this nomination tomorrow morning.
August is typically one of the rainiest months in Vermont. But not this year; the chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee says he doesn’t plan any confirmation hearings on a new attorney general until he gets more answers from the Bush administration; a Middlebury College biology professor says three years of research have concluded the best way to control an invasive plant in Vermont ponds and lakes is an insect.