U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins To Resign This Week, Amid Federal Ethics Probe

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By Chris Lisinski
State House News Service

U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins will resign her post this week because her “presence has become a distraction,” her attorney announced Tuesday in an apparent nod to a federal ethics probe of the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts.

Rollins’s attorney said she will submit a letter of resignation to President Joe Biden by the end of the day Friday, May 19.

Her sudden departure comes after the Associated Press reported in November that the Justice Department’s inspector general began investigating Rollins’s appearance at a political fundraiser with First Lady Jill Biden, her use of a personal cell phone for business, and a trip to California paid for by an outside group.

“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,” Rollins’s attorney, former Justice Department inspector general Michael Bromwich, said in a written statement. “She is optimistic that the important work she started will continue but understands that her presence has become a distraction. The work of the office and the Department of Justice is far too important to be overshadowed by anything else.”

A former progressive prosecutor seen as a rising political star, Rollins left her elected office as Suffolk County district attorney to become the Bay State’s top federal prosecutor.

“After the dust settles and she resigns, Rachael will make herself available to answer questions,” Bromwich said. “Until then, she reminds the public of the vitally important work the office does and thanks her colleagues for their service to the Commonwealth and our Nation.”


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