The trajectory of McNulty’s career follows almost entirely an arch of government service, with stints in the House Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia, and various appointments in the Department of Justice. His last fling with the DOJ was his year and a bit stint as the deputy attorney general where he crafted the McNulty Memo and got an up close look at the U.S. attorney debacle.
His February testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the firing of nine prosecutors reportedly angered Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and pushed Congress into a full court press on the issue. His testimony pointed to White House involvement and political motivations behind the personnel decisions.
He announced his resignation in May citing the “financial realities of college-age children.”