Letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Ranking Member Arlen Specter in support of the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to be next U.S. Attorney General


19 September 2007

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy and Arlen Specter
Chairman and Ranking Member
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. Chairman and Senator Specter,

I am writing on behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you of our strong support for the nomination of Michael B. Mukasey to be the next Attorney General of the United States.

There is a very real need for leadership at the U.S. Department of Justice, especially considering the large number of vacancies in key positions at the Department. We believe that Judge Mukasey can provide that leadership and is the kind of well-qualified, experienced legal executive who will be able to keep the Department functioning as these vacancies are filled.

From 1987 until last year, Judge Mukasey has served as a Federal District Judge for the Southern District of New York—one of the busiest and most prominent of our nation's Federal courts. For six years, he was the District's Chief Judge and, during his tenure, oversaw some of the most important and complicated national security cases—including the successful prosecution of Ornar Abdel Rahrnan, the Blind Sheik, who plotted to destroy the World Trade Center in 1993.

His extensive experience, both as a prosecutor and a judge, demonstrates a genuine commitment to the law and an appreciation for the challenges law enforcement faces in its ongoing fight against terrorism. President Bush has made a fine choice in Judge Michael B. Mukasey to lead the U.S. Department of Justice and, on behalf of the more than 325,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, we are proud to support his nomination. If I can be of any further assistance on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Executive Director Jim Pasco at my Washington office.


Chuck Canterbury
National President