The Senate confirmed Michael Mukasey as attorney general late Thursday, capping three weeks of heated debate over CIA interrogation tactics and giving President Bush a major political victory on Capitol Hill.
Six Democrats and one independent joined a united Republican caucus in voting to confirm the nominee by a 53-40 vote. Democratic Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Dianne Feinstein of California, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Charles Schumer of New York, Thomas Carper of Delaware and Independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut defied the strong objections of the Democratic base and their party’s leader.
The Senate’s five presidential candidates [Biden (D-DE) , Clinton (D-NY) , Dodd (D-CT), McCain (R-AZ), Obama (D-IL)] were absent for the vote, as were Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Republican John Cornyn of Texas.
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