Democrats May Tie Mukasey Confirmation to Gonzales Papers

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The retired federal judge nominated as attorney general enjoyed a warm reception on Capitol Hill yesterday, but Democrats continued sending mixed signals about whether their dispute with the White House over congressional access to sensitive administration documents will be an impediment to his confirmation.

Michael B. Mukasey, 66, met with key members of both parties, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.). Both Leahy and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who also met with Mukasey, said they are hopeful and optimistic that the nomination will be successful, as aides suggested that efforts to reach a deal on the documents were intensifying.

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