Senate Panel Asks Mukasey About Torture, Spying

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Mukasey Profile

The career of Michael Mukasey, President Bush's pick to succeed Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, is inextricably tied to national security. Read a profile of the judge.

Judge Michael Mukasey went before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday at a hearing on his nomination for attorney general.

Although his confirmation is assumed, Mukasey was challenged with tough questions about torture, domestic spying and the Justice Department's tradition of political independence.

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