The Soros-backed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins, resigned last Friday in the wake of two ethics probes that alleged extensive abuses of power.
Two separate investigations by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) found that Rollins had on several occasions unethically utilized her position of power. Rollins’s alleged ethical violations include, but are not
- Leaking privileged information to media outlets in an unsuccessful attempt to sabotage Kevin Hayden’s campaign for Suffolk County District Attorney and help Ricardo Arroyo get elected instead
- Lying under oath to investigators about being the federal source of the leaked information
- Multiple violations of the Hatch Act (which puts limits on the political activity of government employees), including attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser
- Soliciting free Celtics tickets for youth basketball players—and herself—in April 2022
- Repeatedly communicating with her staffers about Justice Department business via her personal cellphone, which goes against federal record-keeping rules
Together, the reports totaled more than 200 pages detailing Rollins’s alleged abuses of power. Special Counsel Henry Kerner said in his report to President Joe Biden that Rollins’s
Hatch Act violations were “among the most egregious transgressions of the Act that OSC has ever investigated” and “an extraordinary abuse of her authority.”
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Rollins was the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney for 16 months, following a “contentious” confirmation process in the Senate in which Vice President Kamala Harris had to cast a tie-breaking vote twice. In her resignation letter to Biden, Rollins thanked him for the “honor” of his nomination and wished his administration “the best of luck” in the future.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy has been appointed as Acting U.S. Attorney after her resignation.
Rollins has not been charged with any crime at this time, frustrating some. Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who has been a vocal opponent of Rollins since her initial nomination, tweeted his frustration over the DOJ not charging Rollins, calling it “another example of the DOJ’s double
“Rachael Rollins committed so many ethical violations that an Inspector General referred her for criminal prosecution. What did Merrick Garland do? Nothing,” Cotton said.
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