United States Deputy Attorney General
|Deputy Attorney General of the United States of America|
Seal of the Department of Justice
|U.S. Department of Justice|
|Reports to||United States Attorney General|
|Appointer||President of the United States
with advice and consent of the Senate
|Formation||May 24, 1950|
|First holder||A. Devitt Vanech|
|Salary||Executive Schedule, Level II|
The United States Deputy Attorney General is the second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice. In the United States federal government, the Deputy Attorney General oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department of Justice, and may act as Attorney General during the absence of the Attorney General. The Deputy Attorney General is appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The position was created in 1950. The position is presently vacant, following the firing of Sally Yates on January 30, 2017 during her tenure as Acting Attorney General. Effective February 9, 2017, Dana Boente became Acting Deputy Attorney General who had previously served as Acting Attorney General as a result of the Yates firing.
On May 14, 2007 Paul McNulty, then Deputy Attorney General, announced his resignation in a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. At the time, McNulty was considered "the highest-ranking Bush administration casualty in the furor over the firing of U.S. attorneys."  Later, Gonzales himself would resign.
On July 18, 2007 President Bush announced his appointment of Craig S. Morford as acting Deputy Attorney General. Morford had been serving as the U.S. attorney in Nashville, Tennessee, and was known for his successful prosecution of former Ohio Representative James Traficant on bribery charges.
List of United States Deputy Attorneys General
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- Lara Jakes Jordan, The Associated Press (July 20, 2007). "Bush Picks Justice No. 2". Fox News. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
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- "U.S. attorney in Baltimore is Trump's pick to be deputy attorney general". Washington Post. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
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