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Mukasey healthy, released from hospital
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Ms. Talamona stressed Mr. Mukasey did not transfer power to Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, who was expected to brief the Attorney General from his hospital bed at 10 a.m. Friday.
Mr. Mukasey was a retired federal judge, having served for 18 years in U.S. District Court in New York.
He was nominated Sept. 17, 2007, for the top job at Justice and confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 8. He replaced Alberto R. Gonzales, who resigned after being hounded for much of the year by charges that he purged several federal prosecutors from their posts for improper reasons.
Mr. Mukasey’s nomination hit some political turbulence in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee when he would not categorically say that an interrogation technique known as waterboarding is illegal.
However, his nomination passed the committee when two Democratic senators — Charles E. Schumer of New York and Dianne Feinstein of California — broke ranks with their party and voted in Mr. Mukasey’s favor.
Mr. Mukasey pledged to uphold the freedoms of U.S. citizens while fighting terrorism, after being ceremonially sworn in at the Justice Department by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
He said his chief duty as the nation’s top law-enforcement official would be to combat “those who believe it is their religious duty to make war on us,” referring to radical Islamic terrorists.
However the furor over the Bush administration’s interrogation and warrantless surveillance programs followed Mr. Mukasey wherever he went, even Thursday night’s speech.
“You are a tyrant,” a heckler had shouted at Mr. Mukasey before he collapsed. The heckler was then shouted down by others in the audience.
Jon Ward contributed to this report.
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Ben Conery is a member of the investigative team covering the Supreme Court and legal affairs. Prior to coming to The Washington Times in 2008, Mr. Conery covered criminal justice and legal affairs for daily newspapers in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He was a 2006 recipient of the New England Newspaper Association’s Publick Occurrences Award for a series of articles about ...
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