Washington (Nov. 15, 2002) -- In an apparent effort to stave off further criticism, the Bush administration has approached Andersen prosecutor Michael Chertoff to determine his interest in replacing Harvey Pitt as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Chertoff, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 People for 2002, played an integral role in bringing a felony indictment against Andersen for its activities surrounding the Enron investigation. The firm was convicted of obstruction of justice.

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