(Robert Jonathan, Headline USA) As things stand today, the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Merrick Garland won’t prosecute former U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins for various ethical transgressions.
Earlier this month, the George Soros-backed, far-left Rollins stepped down as the top law enforcement officer in Massachusetts shortly before the DOJ inspector general released a 161-report that detailed alleged violations of the Hatch Act and other improprieties.
This law generally prohibits partisan political activity by those employed in the executive branch of the federal government.
“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,” the report concluded.
The U.S. Office of the Special Counsel conducted a companion investigation and published a 105-page report.
In terms of Rollins trying to meddle in the election for her former post of Suffolk County, Mass., district attorney, in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to help her would-be successor, the agency described the situation as “one of the most egregious Hatch Act violations that OSC has investigated.”
OSC also said that Rollins exhibited “an extraordinary abuse of her power as U.S. Attorney” through multiple alleged Hatch Act violations.
Rollins reportedly leaked info to local media about the candidate she disfavored, Kevin Hayden, and then allegedly lied about it, “in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to create the impression publicly, before the primary election, that DOJ was or would be investigating Hayden for public corruption,” the IG report explained.
“We also concluded that Rollins falsely testified under oath during her OIG interview
when she denied that she was the federal law enforcement source that provided nonpublic, sensitive DOJ information to the Herald reporter about a possible Hayden criminal
investigation,” the report added.
OSC insisted that the leak “was an extraordinary breach of public trust by a senior government official.”
Hayden won the Democrat primary over Rollins ally Ricardo Arroyo, a Boston city councilor, and was elected unopposed in the general election.
Rollin’s attendance at a July 2022 DNC fundraiser featuring First Lady Jill Biden originally prompted the probe.
Among other things, the feds also scrutinized Rollins’s alleged use of her personal smartphone to conduct official business, as well as a Hollywood excursion paid for by an outside group without obtaining DOJ pre-approval.
She also allegedly scored free Boston Celtics tickets (using an employee as a go-between) in a way that purportedly ran afoul of federal government ethics rules.
According to the New York Times, investigators concluded that Rollins “had repeatedly blurred the boundaries between governmental duties and her grievances, private life or political objectives.”
Among others, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was particularly displeased with the lack of action by the DOJ, which could give further credence to the existence of a politicized legal system, with Democrats as sole beneficiaries.
Rachael Rollins committed “one of the most egregious Hatch Act violations that OSC has investigated.”
Not only was she a Soros prosecutor, she was the single most extreme US Attorney in the country!
While her resignation is a major victory, the fact the Biden DOJ declined to… https://t.co/2s3kYW8sy6
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 19, 2023
The DOJ under Garland, a “moderate” that Obama tried to install on Supreme Court, has evinced little reluctance to prosecute anyone in the Trump orbit.
“In late December, [Inspector General Michael] Horowitz informed department prosecutors that Ms. Rollins had misled his investigators for a possible prosecution. They declined to bring charges, he said. A spokeswoman for…Garland had no comment,” the Times reported.
Assessing the Rollins non-prosecution, influential constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, a self-described liberal who supported Garland’s AG nomination, wrote that “The DOJ’s declination of charges follows a similar pattern that suggests a higher threshold standard applied by prosecutors in charging one of their own.”