Bush picks Mukasey as Attorney General nominee

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

President Bush has made his choice to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, picking a retired federal judge who's likely to keep the White House out of a lengthy confirmation fight.

The president has selected Michael Mukasey, who Bush says "is clear-eyed about the threat our nation faces" as someone who has presided over high-profile national security cases.

The president is urging the Senate to quickly confirm Mukasey, who would become Bush's third attorney general.

If Mukasey gets a nod from the Senate, he would take charge of a Justice Department where morale is low following months of investigations into the firings of several U.S. attorneys and Gonzales' sworn testimony on the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program.

Mukasey says if he's confirmed, he hopes he can give "the support and the leadership they deserve."

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