Sen. Charles Schumer ended a high-stakes game of chicken with the White House by agreeing to vote for Michael Mukasey to become attorney general, a move that may hurt his standing among fellow Democrats and delays a larger showdown over torture. Schumer, a high-profile senator and party leader, said Monday that a vote for Mukasey, even without a commitment to oppose waterboarding, is still better than the alternative.
Schumer Support for Mukasey Leaves Torture Issue Unresolved
The Associated Press
November 6, 2007