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Bush announces new Deputy Attorney General nominee

[JURIST] President Bush announced [White House press release] his nomination of Paul J. McNulty [official profile] to serve as US Deputy Attorney General Friday. McNulty has served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] since 2001, prosecuting a number of high-profile terrorism cases, including that of Zacarias Moussaoui. The Senate must confirm McNulty's nomination, but according to administration officials he will begin serving in an acting capacity immediately. The White House withdrew the nomination of Timothy Flanigan [JURIST report] for the position earlier this month amid skepticism from the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] about his lack of experience as a prosecutor and alleged ties to indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST report]. AP has more.

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