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The law firm of former US attorney general John Ashcroft has picked up a one-year $900K contract from the Republic of the Congo, a nation that scores low marks from global corruption watchdog, Transparency International.

Congo scored a 19 on a scale from zero (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean) in TI’s 2018 rankings. It is perceived as the 165th most corrupt nation of the 180 analyzed by TI in 2018

TI believes the government of Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has been in power since 1997, played a part in the March 8, 2018 break-in and vandalization of its Congo office. Computers and storage devices were stolen. “Acts like these, designed to intimidate and prevent civil society from speaking out, cannot be tolerated and cannot go unpunished,” Delia Ferreira Rubio said TI chair said after the incident.

The Ashcroft Law Firm will represent Congo before Congress and federal agencies and do media outreach designed to win support of thought leaders, think tanks and NGOs.

Michael Sullivan, former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kim West, who did a five-year stint as trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she successfully prosecuted Radovan Karadzic for genocide of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslims, are working Congo for Ashcroft.