Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty has put out feelers for a new job in the private sector. So says the Wall Street Journal, which reports today that friends of McNulty say he's quietly testing the waters for a law firm or corporate post. What remains to be seen is the degree to which McNulty's stature is tarnished by the current scandal over the U.S. attorney firings. A number of administration allies have suggested that McNulty is at least as much to blame as Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for DOJ's botched handling of the matter, but so far McNulty has been a much less visible target for Democrats. One common theory, which the Journal reports, is that McNulty's friendship with New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democrat who has led the Congressional investigation, has helped keep him out of the spotlight.
McNulty's predecessors have all found high-paying jobs at law firms and in the corporate sector. James Comey and Larry Thompson, the two previous Bush Administration deputy attorney generals, are the general counsels of Lockheed Martin and PepsiCo., respectively. The two people to hold DOJ's No. 2 spot in the Clinton Administration, chose to go to law firms. Jamie Gorelick is a partner at WilmerHale, and Eric Holder Jr. is a partner at Covington & Burling.