No. 2 at Justice to Step Down

By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted May 14, 2007 6:02 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty will quit the Justice Department after admitting he misled a Senate committee in its investigation into nine fired US attorneys. Three other top Justice officials have resigned in recent weeks, but McNulty, AG Alberto Gonzales' second-in-command and himself a former US attorney, is the highest-ranking casualty of the scandal to date.

"It seems ironic that Paul McNulty who at least tried to level with the committee goes while Gonzales who stonewalled the committee is still in charge," Sen. Chuck Schumer said. McNulty, who has held the No. 2 job for 18 months, testified before Congress on the firings in February but later recanted testimony he claimed was poorly prepared.