Bryan Cave partner James Cole, a former Justice Department public corruption prosecutor during the Clinton administration, is a leading candidate to become the next deputy attorney general, according to a report from ProPublica today.
Cole practices in Bryan Cave's white collar criminal defense group. He spent 13 years at Justice, including four as deputy chief in the Public Integrity Section, before entering private practice. He is a former Justice colleague of Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. And he served as special counsel to the House Ethics Committee for its investigation of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Gary Grindler, an official in Justice’s Criminal Division, has been serving as acting deputy attorney general since February following the departure of David Ogden. Ogden, who also led Obama’s Justice Department transition team, returned as a partner to the Washington office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr after a year as the department’s second-in-charge.