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Ed McNally, the leading candidate for the top Eastern District spot, is a partner at the law firm run by President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The leading candidate for United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York has ties to President Donald Trump, according to several published reports.
Ed McNally, a former U.S. Attorney, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and speechwriter during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, is a partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP. The firm’s managing partner is Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump “in a wide range of litigation matters for over 15 years,” according to the firm.
McNally is a Chicago native who, following the Sept. 11 terror attacks, was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation’s first General Counsel for homeland security and counter-terrorism. He boasts more than two decades of federal, prosecutorial, and law enforcement experience. According to KBT, McNally is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice includes affirmative recoveries, antitrust, commercial disputes, business and other civil litigation, corporate governance, and internal investigations for fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, public corruption and other matters.
In March, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District Robert Capers was asked to resign his post effective immediately during Trump’s purge of the Obama AUSA rolls. Bridget Rohde has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney for the past eight months.
The Eastern District of New York includes Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.