Now that President George W. Bush has nominated Michael Mukasey to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, the question is how much influence the retired federal judge -- widely viewed as a consensus nominee who will be confirmed -- will wield in filling the unusually high number of vacancies at the Department of Justice. Former Justice officials and past administration appointees say Mukasey may have an opportunity to put his stamp on the department. That is, if the White House allows him to.
Mukasey's First Task as AG: Filling Ranks
September 25, 2007