WHITE HOUSE (AP) - The White House is mum on potential
successors to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, but there's plenty
of speculation across Washington.
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's name pops up
again and again. Senate Judiciary ranking Republican Arlen Specter
calls him a first-rate prospect. Specter says he wouldn't take the
Other names being mentioned: Asa Hutchinson, the former head of
the Drug Enforcement Administration; former solicitor general Ted
Olson; and Larry Thompson, who was the second-ranking official at
the Justice Department in President Bush's first term.
Look for a tough confirmation battle. Ohio State University law
professor Peter Shane says the Senate's unlikely to confirm anyone
as aggressive as Gonzales in the defense of executive power and the
practice of secrecy.