Paul McNulty’s resignation opens up the No. 2 spot at the Justice Department, hardly an enviable position given the current scandal over the firing of the U.S. Attorneys. The White House will look for a confirmable ally with strong prosecutorial experience while Democrats push for someone who is unquestionably independent. Though the Bush administration may avoid a taxing Senate confirmation process by appointing an acting successor to fill out the term, the following four are potential picks to calm the storm …

Kenneth Wainstein
Assistant attorney general, National Security Division

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