Bush’s current Attorney General may be looking toward January 20 with a sense of relief.
“Mukasey, 67, collapsed on Thursday evening near the end of a speech defending the Bush administration’s war on terrorism”.
Bush is on his third Attorney General. John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales resigned. The first two are memorably entwined in the touching visit Gonzales made to John Ashcroft‘s hospital room on March 10, 2004. Gonzales wanted Ashcroft to sign off on a wiretapping program the Justice Department had termed illegal. He was allegedly stopped by the acting Attorney General. Despite the uproar, Gonzales (who was then White House Counsel) was appointed to the Attorney General spot six months later. He resigned in 2007, when he was facing impeachment.
Mukasey is the 81st Attorney General, and the third one to serve under the Bush Administration. (Bill Clinton only had one Attorney General, Janet Reno.) Perhaps he couldn’t keep living the lie.
In related news, November 2008, Alberto Gonzales and Vice President Dick Cheney were indicted in a Texas prison abuse case.