Tony Mauro writes that former Attorney General Michael Mukasey “appeared weak and faltering” at a recent preview of the term at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey appeared weak and faltering during a public appearance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning, calling to mind a public fainting episode he had during his tenure in 2008.
The Thursday event, a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term, was halted briefly and Mukasey was escorted out, shaky but on his own power. Kate Todd, vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, said Mukasey “was not feeling very well,” and the session resumed. The discussion took place in the chamber’s D.C. headquarters not far from the White House.
Mukasey, 72, also a former federal judge, is a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. A Debevoise spokesman has not returned calls seeking to determine his condition.
Before the Thursday morning event began Mukasey, who was seated, appeared to doze off. When he was called to speak, he seemed alert as he began to read from prepared remarks. But after a few minutes, he slumped again and was slurring his words. That is when the event was suspended.
This brings to mind the 2008 Federalist Society Convention, when AG Mukasey collapsed during the annual dinner. It was very, very scary. It took (by my recollection) nearly 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Mind you this was at the Marriott Wardman in D.C. Thankfully, one of the few non-lawyers in the room was a doctor who was able to provide aid.
I hope everything is well with General Mukasey.