President Bush has nominated a new Attorney General. Michael Mukasey, a retired federal judge, is seen as an expert on national security issues. Mukasey was the judge in the case of Jose Padilla, ruling the American could be held as an enemy combatant.
“At this dangerous time the Attorney-General has a special role to play. We face challenges to protect our people on a daily basis from deadly enemies.”
If approved by Congress, the 66 year-old will succeed Alberto Gonzalez who was forced to resign as head of the Justice Department last month after coming under constant fire for apparently condoning an administration which critics said was operating outside the law.
Mukasey is seen as a far less controversial choice.