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Mukasey asserts his independence

AG nominee vows to resist political push

Louis Freeh (left), the former FBI director, sat with Michael Mukasey's family and other supporters yesterday as the nominee answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The confirmation hearing is scheduled to continue today. Louis Freeh (left), the former FBI director, sat with Michael Mukasey's family and other supporters yesterday as the nominee answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The confirmation hearing is scheduled to continue today. (jonathan ernst/REUTERS)
By Charlie Savage
Globe Staff / October 18, 2007

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WASHINGTON - President Bush's nominee to be the next attorney general, Michael Mukasey, said yesterday that he rejects legal theories that presidents have the constitutional power to bypass anti-torture statutes, and vowed to keep the Justice Department free from political influence. (Full article: 911 words)

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