The gap in Mukasey’s testimony

Reason
by Jacob Sullum

10/24/07

During his recent confirmation hearings, Michael Mukasey, the former federal judge nominated to be the next attorney general, conceded that ‘the president doesn’t stand above the law.’ Yet Mukasey, who is expected to be easily confirmed, also suggested that the president is entitled to ignore certain laws. Since the law ’starts with the Constitution,’ he said, the president need not obey a statute that interferes with his inherent constitutional authority ‘to defend the country.’ Now that the War on Terror has replaced the Cold War as a reliable rationale for extending executive power, the breadth of this authority to defend the country will be a central issue in national politics long after Mukasey completes his service as attorney general...

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