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“Bush to name ex-Whitehall resident to No. 2 post at Justice”
Paul J. McNulty, longtime Republican stalwart and the top federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia who grew up in Whitehall, will be nominated to fill the second-highest position in the U.S. Department of Justice.
The White House said President Bush will name Mr. McNulty the acting deputy attorney general and nominate him to fill the position permanently. Mr. McNulty, 47, is a graduate of Baldwin High School, Grove City College and Capitol University School of Law.
Mr. McNulty has been U.S. attorney for Eastern Virginia since September 2001 and has worked in government for more than 20 years.
Previously, he served in a variety of positions in the Justice Department and Congress, including chief counsel to former House Majority Leader Dick Armey; director of policy and chief spokesman for the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush; head of the younger President Bush's transition team; and adviser to former Attorney General John Ashcroft for his Senate confirmation hearings.
He also was a criminal justice adviser to former Virginia Gov. George Allen.
Mr. McNulty's nomination will have to be approved by the U.S. Senate.
As U.S. attorney, Mr. McNulty oversaw prosecutors in many high-profile cases, including those of accused terrorist Zacarias Muoussaoui and American John Walker Lindh, who was accused of assisting Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
In his new role, Mr. McNulty will be the top assistant to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.
Mr. McNulty and his wife, Brenda, have four children, Katy, Annie, Joe and Corrie.