Bush AG Suggests Congressional Hearings Into Al Jazeera-Current Deal

Mukasey: “If an American medium is controlled by a political force from abroad, that’s a proper subject for inquiry.”

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Former Bush Attorney general Michael Mukasey Saturday called on Congress to launch an investigation into the take over of Current TV by Al Jazeera.

“If an American medium is controlled by a political force from abroad, that’s a proper subject for inquiry,” Mukasey said during a panel sponsored by Breitbart.com at the annual CPAC conference.

Although Al Jazeera is broadcast on a number of cable systems already, taking over Current will greatly expand the network’s reach within the United States.

Mukasey and other conservatives have expressed strong concerns about the network, which for much of the Bush administration the White House was openly hostile towards and Republicans repeatedly accused Al Jazeera of having ties to Islamic radicals.

Mukasey also made mention of Al Jazeera’s interest in taking over the old New York Times building in New York as it’s U.S. headquarters.

“I’d offer you as a followup a delicious irony that is the fact that I read that Al Jazeera is looking for space in the old New York Times building. Makes them feel right at home,” Mukasey quipped during the panel.

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