Mukasey's not-so-secret assurances

How Bush's attorney general nominee won over skeptical conservatives.

By Tim Grieve
Published September 24, 2007 8:14PM (UTC)
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So what did George W. Bush's attorney general nominee say to placate "conservative constituents" he met during private meetings set up by the White House?

The White House has said the meetings with Michael Mukasey were nothing out of the ordinary, and now Newsweek's Michael Isikoff has the translation: Mukasey "reassured top hard-liners, such as Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo and former A.G. Edwin Meese" by saying that he sees "significant problems" with closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay; understands the need for the CIA to use "enhanced" interrogation techniques against suspected al-Qaida operatives; and would be reluctant to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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