Aided by Democratic defections, Michael Mukasey moved much closer to confirmation as attorney general when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 Tuesday to send his nomination to the full Senate. Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein joined the nine Republicans on the committee to endorse Mukasey, in spite of protests over his refusal to equate waterboarding with torture. Schumer said the alternatives would be worse if senators didn't approve the nomination.
Mukasey Nomination Heads to Full Senate
November 7, 2007