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More than two months after the departure of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey, the Justice Department is moving forward to fill its leadership vacuum. Late Friday, the White House nominated Paul McNulty, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve as the new deputy. McNulty, who oversaw the prosecution of terrorism cases while U.S. attorney, will serve as acting deputy until confirmed by the Senate. Former White House lawyer Timothy Flanigan, who was nominated to replace Comey, withdrew from the confirmation process earlier this month. With McNulty in place, the department may be able to fill some other key positions. In the past few months, Comey’s inner circle — Chief of Staff Chuck Rosenberg and associate deputy AGs Robert Trono and John Davis — have all moved on to new posts. Another deputy AG, Patrick Philbin, may also be planning to leave, say two former colleagues.
Vanessa Blum can be contacted at [email protected].

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