A U.S. Attorney backed by Democrat megadonor George Soros announced this week that she is resigning after reports from federal investigators concluded that she repeatedly leaked damaging information to a reporter at the Boston Herald about a political candidate to help an ally and then lied about it to federal investigators.
The investigations from the Office of Special Counsel and the DOJ inspector general said Rachael Rollins leaked sensitive, non-public information in the primary election for Suffolk district attorney. She favored Ricardo Arroyo over Kevin Hayden.
Special Counsel Henry Kerner wrote in his report to President Joe Biden, “Ms. Rollins’s conduct in leaking non‐public DOJ information constitutes an extraordinary abuse of her authority and threatens to erode public confidence in the integrity of federal law enforcement actions.”
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote in his report, “We found Rollins’s conduct described throughout this report violated federal regulations, numerous DOJ policies, her Ethics Agreement, and applicable law, and fell far short of the standards of professionalism and judgment that the Department should expect of any employee, much less a U.S. Attorney.”
Horowitz referred Rollins’ alleged false statements to the DOJ for criminal prosecution, but the department ultimately “declined prosecution,” the report said.
Rollins is accused of leaking information to the reporter that created the perception that Hayden was under a federal criminal investigation during the primary.
The report alleged that her attempts to interfere to influence the primary election constituted a violation of the Hatch Act, a federal law that limits what federal employees can do in partisan races.
Rollins will submit her resignation to Biden by the end of the week, her attorney Michael Bromwich said.
“Rachael has been profoundly honored to serve as U.S. Attorney over the past 16 months and is incredibly proud of all her office has accomplished during that limited time, especially in the areas of gun violence and civil rights,” Bromwich said. “After the dust settles and she resigns, Rachael will make herself available to answer questions.”
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) issued a blistering statement slamming Democrat senators for not listening to warnings from Republican lawmakers about the dangers of confirming Rollins as a U.S. Attorney.
I warned Rachael Rollins was unfit to serve as a U.S. Attorney. Now she’s resigning in disgrace.
Good riddance. pic.twitter.com/hazBFR4cTQ
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 17, 2023