Ashcroft to Testify About No-Bid Contract
As Attorney General, John Ashcroft gained valuable experience testifying before congressional committees. He'll put that experience to use when he testifies in his new role as a highly paid contractor for the Justice Department he once headed.
The former attorney general is considered a key witness in the inquiry into lucrative federal monitoring contracts awarded by federal prosecutors to hand-picked monitors to oversee deferred prosecutions.
The House hearing was prompted, in part, by complaints from two New Jersey congressmen, Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell, after Christopher Christie, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, awarded a contract said to be worth $27 million or more to Ashcroft to monitor a medical device maker that had entered a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors. ...
Christie, who has defended the practice as a method to correct corporate misbehavior while preserving jobs, was once Ashcroft's subordinate.
Ashcroft agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee subcommittee without a subpoena. He will undoubtedly be ready to explain why the services his firm contracted to provide are worth a paycheck that may exceed $27 million. [more...]
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