Ex-P-I writer figures into AG hearings

Bush nominee once ruled in her favor.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its review into the practices and politics of Bush attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey, the former federal judge's ruling in the case of ex-Seattle journalist Susan Lindauer is among those being scrutinized.

A onetime P-I reporter and a former congressional aide, Lindauer was accused by the Justice Department of being an agent for Saddam Hussein. It was an outrageous charge and Mukasey, presiding over the case in New York, ruled both sides were out of their minds: He told prosecutors they were nuts and sent Lindauer off for mental health treatment.

Seattle Weekly detailed the story here last year. The Hill has more on Mukasey and Lindauer today, as does the New York Sun here.

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