Attorney General Candidate's Chances in Question

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Another refusal to call waterboarding illegal may have further dimmed the prospects of Michael Mukasey being confirmed as the nation's next attorney general.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, who suggested Mukasey to the White House, today declined to comment on whether he would vote for Mukasey during the Judiciary Committee's consideration of the nomination on Tuesday.

Schumer would only say that he was reviewing the more than 170 pages of elaboration on Mukasey's positions. Nowhere in the responses did Mukasey give the definitive answer Democrats were demanding.

The White House says Mukasey is well qualified and answered the committee's questions the best he could, considering he is not cleared to view classified documents on interrogation techniques.

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