|In America, President George W Bush has named retired Federal Judge Michael Mukasey as his candidate to replace Alberto Gonzales as US Attorney General.|
It is not expected that Mukasey will encounter much opposition during Senate confirmation hearings as he has already received endorsements from Democrats in the past and is firmly in the political mainstream.
'We'd want to ascertain his approach on such important and sensitive issues as wiretapping and the appointment of US attorneys but he's a lot better than some of the other names mentioned and he has the potential to become a consensus nominee,” said Senator Charles Schumer, a liberal Democrat.
New York native Mukasey had been serving as a legal adviser to Republican Presidential hopeful Rudolph Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City, and was appointed to the Federal bench in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. He began his career as a prosecutor in Manhattan when Giuliani was the local US Attorney.
During his 19 years as a Federal Judge in New York, the 66-year-old had handled several high-profile terrorism cases including that of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was sentenced to life in prison for plotting to destroy New York landmarks including the United Nations headquarters.