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Former Deputy White House Counsel Timothy Flanigan has been selected by the White House to replace Deputy Attorney General James Comey in the Justice Department’s No. 2 slot. Comey announced in April plans to step down, but stated at the time he would stay on through the summer. Flanigan, 52, currently serves as a senior vice president and general counsel for Tyco International Inc. “I’m pleased the president has nominated me and am looking forward to the Senate’s confirmation process,” says Flanigan. The selection of Flanigan, which was announced May 24, comes as small surprise. Legal Times reported May 9 that Flanigan was considered the top contender for the influential post because of his close relationship with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his ties to the White House. From 2001 until 2002, Flanigan served as Gonzales’ deputy in the White House counsel’s office. In a May 6 interview, Bradford Berenson, a former White House lawyer, described Gonzales’ relationship with Flanigan as “very close.” “They worked extremely closely during exceptionally challenging and stressful times,” says Berenson, now a partner in the D.C. office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. “I think [Gonzales] has great confidence in, and affection for, Tim.” Prior to serving as deputy White House counsel, Flanigan was a partner in the D.C. office of White & Case and was part of the litigation team representing the Bush-Cheney campaign in the disputed 2000 election. During the administration of President George H.W. Bush, Flanigan ran the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

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