WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- In order to secure his nomination as U.S. attorney general, Michael Mukasey abandoned a lucrative legal corporate monitoring position, lawyers said.
The former federal judge from New York was in negotiations for a part-time position to review operations of an undisclosed company as part of an agreement with the Justice Department, The Washington Post reported.
When his nomination to the lead the department was announced in November, he withdrew as a finalist, department spokesman Peter Carr told the Post.
"He was approached while in private practice but was nominated to be attorney general before the selection process was complete," Carr said.
There is an ongoing Justice Department policy review on patronage involving a consulting firm led by former Attorney General John Ashcroft that won a $52 million corporate oversight contract.
The newspaper said there are concerns such corporate monitoring contracts are being awarded to people and companies with ties to the Bush administration.