The likelihood that Michael Mukasey will be confirmed as Attorney General on a close Senate vote raises doubts about what sort of influence he would wield if he is confirmed, says Legal Times. The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote on his nomination tomorrow. Nan Aron, president of the liberal Alliance for Justice, says Mukasey’s standoff with senators over the waterboarding issue will translate into greater oversight, something Mukasey said he welcomed at his Oct. 17 confirmation hearing.
Said a former Senate staff member: “If Mukasey barely gets by, then maybe he’s neutered. He’ll have to make determinations on whether to turn over documents to Congress and lawmakers may be less patient with him now that he is no longer a consensus candidate.”