Bush to Choose Asa Hutchinson to Head DEA

by Arkansas Business staff  on Wednesday, May. 9, 2001 4:51 pm  

Bush to Choose Asa Hutchinson to Head DEA

President Bush plans to nominate Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark., to head the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the White House said today.

Hutchinson, a former federal prosecutor, gained national fame as one of the congressional managers who made the case for impeaching former President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky matter. The legislator led the House of Representatives to approve two articles of impeachment against Clinton in December 1998. The U.S. Senate acquitted Clinton in February 1999.

If the U.S. Senate confirms Hutchinson as DEA administrator, Hutchinson would lead the agency under the U.S. Justice Department.

Hutchinson served as city attorney in Bentonville, as a U.S. Attorney in Fort Smith and as a private lawyer before he was elected to the House in 1996.

Hutchinson's brother, Tim, also an Arkansas Republican, is a U.S. senator.



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