Hatch applauds Christie pick of Ashcroft

U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch today defended U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie’s decision to award former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft a federal monitor contract worth up to $52 million.

“I don’t know anyone better than Ashcroft to do it, because if it’s not done right, that could severely damage the company,” Hatch told PolitickerNJ.com today.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey told the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today that the Justice Department continues to look into how federal oversight contracts are assigned. Mukasey acknowledged that deferred prosecution agreements had recently become more common, and said that he was offered one before becoming Attorney General.

"Yes, we are looking at the phenomenon," the Star-Ledger reported him as saying. "Yes, we are going to see if there should be standards."

Hatch is a former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman.