United States Deputy Attorney General


United States Deputy Attorney General
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United States Deputy Attorney General is the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice. In the United States federal government, the Deputy Attorney General oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department of Justice, and may act as Attorney General during the absence of the Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950.[1]

Since December 2010 the office is held by James M. Cole, who received a recess appointment by President Obama and subsequently was confirmed by the Senate in June 2011.[2]

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2007 Turnover

On May 14, 2007 Paul McNulty, then Deputy Attorney General, announced his resignation in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.[3] At the time, McNulty was considered "the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys." [4] Later, Gonzales himself would resign.

On July 18, 2007 President Bush announced his appointment of Craig S. Morford as acting Deputy Attorney General. Morford had been serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and was known for his successful prosecution of former Ohio Representative James Traficant on bribery charges[5].

List of United States Deputy Attorneys General

Name Years in Office Appointed By
A. Devitt Vanech 1951 – 1952 Eisenhower
Ross L. Malone 1952 – 1953 Eisenhower
William P. Rogers 1953 – 1957 Eisenhower
Lawrence E. Walsh 1957 – 1960 Kennedy
Byron White 1961 – 1962 Kennedy
Nicholas Katzenbach 1962 – 1965 Kennedy
Ramsey Clark 1965 – 1967 Johnson
Warren Christopher 1967 – 1969 Johnson
Richard G. Kleindienst 1969 – 1972 Nixon
Ralph E. Erickson 1972 – 1973 Nixon
Joseph Sneed 1973 Nixon
William Ruckelshaus 1973 Nixon
Laurence Silberman 1974 – 1975 Ford
Harold R. Tyler, Jr. 1975 – 1977 Ford
Peter F. Flaherty 1977 – 1978 Carter
Benjamin R. Civiletti 1978 – 1979 Carter
Charles B. Renfrew 1980 – 1981 Carter
Edward C. Schmults 1981 – 1984 Reagan
Carol E. Dinkins 1984 – 1985 Reagan
D. Lowell Jensen 1985 – 1986 Reagan
Arnold I. Burns 1986 – 1988 Reagan
Harold G. Christensen 1988 – 1989 Reagan
Donald B. Ayer 1989 – 1990 George H.W. Bush
William P. Barr 1990 – 1991 George H.W. Bush
George J. Terwilliger III 1992 – 1993 George H.W. Bush
Philip B. Heymann 1993 – 1994 Clinton
Jamie Gorelick 1994 – 1997 Clinton
Eric Holder 1997 – 2001 Clinton
Larry Thompson 2001 – 2003 George W. Bush
James Comey 2003 – 2005 George W. Bush
Paul McNulty 2005 – 2007 George W. Bush
Craig Morford (acting) 2007 – 2008 George W. Bush
Mark Filip 2008 – 2009 George W. Bush
David W. Ogden 2009 – 2010 Obama
Gary Grindler (acting) 2010 Obama
James M. Cole 2010 – present Obama

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