Matt Blunt to join Ashcroft Group

ST. LOUIS | A consulting firm co-founded by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced another high-profile addition Thursday, with former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt joining the organization.

The Washington-based Ashcroft Group said Thursday that Blunt will serve as a consultant focusing on government issues, including homeland security and the military. Blunt will be based out of the group's St. Louis office, spokesman Mark Corallo said. A message also was left for Blunt seeking comment.

The Ashcroft Group formed in 2005 to specialize in corporate consulting. In 2007, the Ashcroft Law Firm began. The two are legally separate but work together to assist clients.

Both have added a number of well-known legal and governmental names in recent days as part of an expansion.

Blunt's announcement came a little over a week after Catherine Hanaway announced she was stepping down as U.S. attorney for eastern Missouri to join the Ashcroft law firm. The St. Louis office will be known as Ashcroft Hanaway.

In Boston, Michael Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and former acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will lead Ashcroft Sullivan.

Two other former U.S. attorneys from Texas — Johnny Sutton and John Ratcliffe — will be with Ashcroft Sutton Ratcliffe. They'll have an Austin office and a Dallas office, Corallo said.

The four former prosecutors also plan to act as homeland security consultants for the Ashcroft Group, he said.