The resignation of U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins follows the publication of a damning report by the inspector general of the Justice Department.
In a report to President Joe Biden, the White House Office of Special Counsel noted that the DOJ’s watchdog detailed “Hatch Act violations.”
“OSC has concluded that Ms. Rollins violated the Hatch Act by (1) leaking non‐public U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) information so that news outlets would report that a political candidate she opposed was facing a potential DOJ investigation, and (2) attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser while on duty, in her official capacity, and using a government‐owned vehicle,” the letter said.
The DOJ’s IG noted that Rollins attended the July 14, 2022 DNC fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden despite receiving unambiguous advice from the staff of the Massachusetts United States Attorney’s Office (MA USAO).
According to the report, Rollins had previously consented to a plan whereby she would meet with Biden outside the event and refrain from entering the home where the fundraiser was being held. The IG’s office discovered that she actively interacted with attendees, joined the receiving line to meet Vice President Biden, and even participated in photo opportunities alongside event hosts, visitors, and a U.S. Senator.
In addition, the report added that the U.S. attorney attempted to shift blame onto her staff, stating, “Rollins’s efforts to blame her staff for her own ethics failures [are] deeply disturbing and contrary to her own independent responsibility as U.S. Attorney to hold herself to a high ethical standard and exercise sound judgment.”
WATCH: Biden pick and US Attorney for Massachusetts Rachel Rollins has a meltdown.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 16, 2023
A doozy of a DOJ IG report into MA US Attorney Rachel Rollins, who resigned yesterday. (h/t @kyledcheney)
She got in hot water for attending a fundraiser for DOCTOR Jill Biden: pic.twitter.com/EZI5dCnTd5
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) May 17, 2023
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