Can Conyers-Mukasey Relationship End Well?
Attorney General Michael Mukasey is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee this morning, where committee chair John Conyers opened the event with a laundry list of what Mukasey is not doing:
-prosecuting White House aides Karl Rove, Harriet Miers, and Joshua Bolten who claimed executive privilege
-turning over Justice Dept. Office of Legal Counsel opinions on detainee interrogation methods
-investigating cases of selective prosecution, including former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman
-investigating the suppression of minority rights
Conyers is very upset with Mukasey, but he says the hearing could improve their relationship. Lamar Smith, the top Republican on the committee, meanwhile wants to focus on internet child pornography, which he calls a "virtual hunting ground" for sexual predators. Now Mukasey will have a chance to talk about himself and field questions.