WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire — House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after the president
announced his nomination of retired Federal Judge Michael B. Mukasey to
serve as attorney general of the United States:
“The nomination of Mike Mukasey to serve as our next attorney general
comes at an important time for this nation, as Congress prepares to debate whether our intelligence services be given the tools needed to track the movements and communications of terrorists abroad.
“When it comes to issues of national security and homeland defense,
Judge Mukasey will need no primer on the mechanics of current policy or the importance of updating it in a way that acknowledges the unique threats we face today.
“His record as a federal judge shows him to be a respected jurist with
a deep appreciation for the rule of law — and a willingness to defend it
under the most difficult of circumstances. I have no doubt that his tenure at Justice will help strengthen the department — putting our nation in a better position to defend against attack, and ensuring the impartial administration of justice for every citizen in this country. It’s my hope the Senate takes up Judge Mukasey’s nomination as soon as possible, and ultimately delivers a margin of confirmation we all can be proud of.”