Monday, August 27, 2007

For Sale: Amnesiac Attorney General

Now that Gonzales has resigned, the big question is who is going to succeed him. There is some evidence that current Homeland Security chief Chertoff is being considered for the position by the Bush administration.

White House Homeland Security Advisor Frances Townsend has turned down a request that she consider being the next Homeland Security Secretary, stoking speculation that former prosecutor and federal judge Michael Chertoff may be the front-runner to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Chertoff also has impeccable legal credentials. He was a federal judge on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles appeals from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the Virgin Islands. Before that, he was assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice's criminal division from 2001 to 2003. |Speculation grows about Chertoff as attorney general - Newsday|
I think Chertoff is the logical candidate since he'll have such a shorter learning curve on all the wiretapping programs.

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