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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

Pros: Wainstein enjoys wide respect within Justice and is seen as nonpolitical. He’s spent 18 years at Justice, where he’s been a line prosecutor, a U.S. Attorney, head of the U.S. Attorney oversight office and a top adviser to FBI Director Robert Mueller.

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