|United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel|
|Assumed office |
November 13, 2017
|Preceded by||Virginia A. Seitz|
Steven Andrew Engel
June 29, 1974
New Hyde Park, New York, U.S.
|Education||Harvard University (BA)|
University of Cambridge (MPhil)
Yale University (JD)
Steven Andrew Engel (born June 29, 1974) is an American lawyer who is the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel in the Donald Trump administration. Engel, who previously worked in the George W. Bush administration as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, was nominated by President Donald Trump on January 31, 2017, and confirmed on November 7, 2017.
Early life and education
Engel was born on June 29, 1974, in New Hyde Park, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City. He was raised in Port Washington, New York and graduated as valedictorian from Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in 1992, earning a bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1996. From 1996–1997, Engel was a Knox Fellow at University of Cambridge. He was awarded a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 2000, and then clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, followed by a clerkship for Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Engel practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis from 2002 through 2006 before serving as an Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Legal Counsel during the George W. Bush administration from 2006 through 2009. In June 2009, Engel became a partner at Dechert, an international law firm.
Office of Legal Counsel
On January 31, 2017, the White House announced that President Donald Trump intended to nominate Engel to serve as the Assistant Attorney General heading the Office of Legal Counsel. Engel's nomination was opposed by U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war who was tortured while in captivity. McCain cited Engel's involvement in commenting on and reviewing one of the so-called "Torture memos" that signed off on six different "enhanced interrogation techniques." Various human rights groups expressed concerns about Engel's nomination, also citing his involvement with the July 20, 2007, memo authored by Steven G. Bradbury, then-head of the OLC. Engel was confirmed by a 51–47 vote, largely along party lines with one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia), voting in favor of confirmation.
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