Fallout from the firing of seven U.S. Attorneys revealed that senators last year gave the attorney general sole authority to fill vacancies with interim U.S. Attorneys to serve indefinitely. The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to return the law to its previous form, but the Justice Department doesn't agree. "It solved a problem that comes up occasionally," said Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, referring to conflicts when judges do not defer to the department's choice for the interim position.
In Wake of Seven Firings, Branches Clash Over Interim U.S. Attorney Nominees
The National Law Journal
February 13, 2007