By Manu Raju - 11/02/07 05:11 PM EDT
With nine Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, that would likely give more than enough support for Mukasey’s nomination to be sent to the floor, where the embattled nominee likely will have enough backing for confirmation. The panel meets Tuesday to consider the nomination.
Schumer was expected to announce his support for Mukasey later Friday, according to his office. He had been torn on the nomination after recommending Mukasey only to see the nomination lose significant Democratic support.
The nomination had been jeopardized after Mukasey lost support from five committee Democrats, members of the party’s leadership and all four senators who are seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Leahy and other Democrats are opposing Mukasey, a former district court judge, because he has refused to state explicitly that waterboarding, or simulated drowning, constitutes torture. Mukasey said he had not been briefed on U.S. interrogation techniques.
Feinstein said that Congress should “explicitly ban” waterboarding. If it did so, she said she believed Mukasey would enforce the matter if confirmed as attorney general.Feinstein took a similar tack in August when she sided with all nine Judiciary Committee Republicans to send the controversial appeals court nominee Leslie Southwick to the Senate floor. He has later confirmed over strong Democratic objections.