WASHINGTON The U.S. Senate, on a voice vote, confirmed on Thursday President Barack Obama's nomination of Leslie Caldwell, a former federal prosecutor, to head the Justice Department's criminal division.
In the post, Caldwell will be in charge of a wide range of high-profile probes including those into benchmark manipulation, money laundering and foreign bribery.
Obama last September nominated Caldwell, who was a prosecutor for 17 years and helped build the case against Enron Corp, to lead the 600-lawyer division. Since 2004, Caldwell has worked as a defense attorney in New York at Morgan Lewis & Bockius.
A spate of recent departures has thinned the top ranks of the criminal division, but the agency has been rebuilding its leadership.
Last month it named a new No. 2 official at the division, Marshall Miller, who previously served as a top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn.
(Reporting by Aruna Viswanatha and Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Diane Craft)