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Former Jones Day partner Noel Francisco was solicitor general-in-waiting for a large part of 2017. Originally tapped by Trump soon after the inauguration to be principal deputy solicitor general, Francisco served as acting solicitor general until Trump chose him for the top spot. But because of a federal vacancy law, he had to step aside until Senate confirmation. Former Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jeffrey Wall, the choice for principal deputy, became the acting solicitor general until Francisco was confirmed Sept. 19 by a 50-47 party line vote.

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