Here's an interesting question from Dick Durbin to Mukasey. It addresses whom the Administration felt it needed to give buy-in before nominating Judge Mukasey:
11. According to the Washington Post, before you were confirmed you "spent part of the weekend meeting with leading figures in the conservative world, seeking to allay their concerns about [your] philosophy and suitability for running [the] Justice Department."
a. With whom did you meet?
ANSWER: Prior to the announcement of my nomination, I met with former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Lee Casey, Leonard Leo, David Rivkin, Jay Sekulow, and Edward Whelan.
b. Who asked you to take these meetings?
ANSWER: Officials within the White House. I cannot remember the specific individuals.
- A former Attorney General implicated in Iran-Contra and additional corruption allegations.
- Casey and Rivkin, a one-two team serving as the public intellectuals defending the unitary executive
- Leo, the Executive VP of the Federalist Society alleged to have been involved in the Civil Rights Division politicization
- Sekulow, the Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, one of the brains behind the Terry Schiavo circus, and someone with his own ethical challenges
- Ed Whelan, himself a bit of a public intellectual for the right, not to mention a former OLC lawyer when most of the crap was written and--my personal favorite--a former Senior Vice President of Verizon
Addington the White House can ask Mukasey to meet with whomever they want--I'm not alleging this is in any way improper. Still, it's interesting to see who the select few who get to vet an Attorney General candidate are.