Some House Democrats are touting stories that the Justice Department has awarded mega million dollar federal monitor contracts to oversee deferred prosecution agreements (dpas)to thirty politically connected former prosecutors and government officials as a fledgling scandal, but one key Senate Democrat says he hasn’t heard about it yet.
U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden
(D-DE), a member (and former Chairman) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was asked about a New York Times editorial
on federal monitors and dpas at a press availability yesterday for Frank Lautenberg’s
“What monitors?” asked Biden.
Someone standing near the Delaware Senator said “Oh, he’s asking about (U.S. Attorney) Chris Christie’s appointment of John Ashcroft.” Ashcroft has received a federal monitor appointment that could be worth over $50 million.
“I’m unfamiliar with that,” Biden said. “I was Chairman (of the Judiciary Committee), but I’m unfamiliar with the appointment.”
At that point, Lautenberg’s staff took Biden away.