03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Lawmaker Demands Ashcroft Testify Over DOJ Consulting Job

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee demanded that former Attorney General John Ashcroft testify about his appointment to oversee a Justice Department corporate settlement. The chairman, Representative John Conyers Jr., a Michigan Democrat, said Mr. Ashcroft had not returned calls inviting him to appear on Feb. 26 before a subcommittee that is reviewing the hiring of former government officials as so-called corporate monitors. Mr. Ashcroft, who runs a consulting firm in Washington, is supervising a settlement between the government and Zimmer Holdings Inc., the world's biggest maker of artificial hips and knees. For 18 months work, the company says it will pay him $28 million to $52 million. "Mr. Ashcroft's experience lends a valuable perspective to the hearing as his firm was the recipient of a no-bid monitoring contract," Mr. Conyers said.

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