(Robert Jonathan, Headline USA) Rachel Rollins, the soft-on-crime U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, is quitting.
Far-left Rollins, the blue state’s top law-enforcement officer since January 2022, announced she was heading for the exits even before the Department of Justice inspector general’s office released the results of an ethics probe.
The report, released on Wednesday, concluded that Rollins, the former Boston-area district attorney, had engaged inappropriately in a partisan fundraiser on behalf of a would-be successor, Ricardo Arroyo.
It concluded that her meddling in the race was among the “most egregious transgressions” of the law that the agency has ever investigated, the Associated Press reported.
Rollins’s attorney says that she would officially submit a written resignation to President Joe Biden by the close of business on Friday of this week.
The DOJ—as well as another federal watchdog agency—was investigating Rollins over a July 2022 appearance at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden that allegedly might also have constituted a violation of a federal law known as the Hatch Act.
This law generally limits the political activity of those serving in the federal government’s executive branch.
The feds were also reportedly scrutinizing Rollins’s alleged use of her personal smartphone to conduct official business, as well as a Hollywood excursion paid for by an outside group in apparent violation of DOJ guidelines.
Biden-nominee Rollins won confirmation for the U.S. Attorney job by just one vote in the-then 50–50 Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie.
In December 2021, Fox News reported that “On her campaign website for Suffolk County district attorney, [Rollins] included several crimes that she wouldn’t prosecute, including trespassing, drug possession, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and breaking and entering.”
That website appears to be no longer active.
Rollins, who took office as D.A. in January 2019, published a 66-page policy memo in March of that year along those lines, i.e., of a woke, social justice, rather than criminal justice, agenda.
“During the campaign, I committed to crafting and implementing new policies that would dramatically change the way we approach criminal prosecution in Suffolk County,” she wrote in the document’s prologue.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was hardly impressed.
Crimes that Rachael Rollins—Biden nominee to be US Attorney in Massachusetts—doesn’t want to prosecute:
4. Disorderly Conduct
5. Receiving Stolen Property
6. Driving with a Suspended License
7. B&E into a Vacant Property w/o Property Damage pic.twitter.com/4Jdv7wHbuU
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 8, 2021
The Heritage Foundation explained that Rollins’s “nonprosecution policies also contribute to undermining public safety in more subtle, but more pernicious ways” in a November 2020 analysis.
“By not prosecuting individuals for crimes that they actually commit, countless individuals end up not having criminal records, even though they have, in fact, committed criminal acts,” it said.
The Heritage commentary further asserted that “Rollins, and other rogue prosecutors, know this, and do so deliberately as part of their common plan and scheme to ‘reverse engineer’ the criminal justice system, placing excessive emphasis on sympathy toward defendants, rather than on sympathy toward victims and the safety of their communities.”
Rollins famously had a meltdown in January 2021 when a local reporter merely tried to ask her some questions outside her home about a purported Christmas Eve parking lot dispute.
Even though her track record suggests that she is no fan of the police, Rollins even threatened to call the cops on the news crew.
Meet the new US attorney for Massachusetts @DARollins pic.twitter.com/3pboCuBklr
— Mike Saccone (@mikesacconetv) December 8, 2021
After the Rollins resignation news broke, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took to Twitter to remind colleagues on the other side of the aisle about Rollins’s radicalism.
“I warned Democratic senators that Rachael Rollins wasn’t only a pro-criminal ideologue, but also had a history of poor judgment and ethical lapses.”
A potential malfeasance investigation shouldn’t just stop with Rollins either, Cotton implied.
Now that she has resigned in disgrace, the Senate should turn its attention to the corrupt, pro-criminal ideologues at the highest ranks of the Department of Justice.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 16, 2023
In a farewell memo to her staff, Rollins reportedly claimed that her tenure had become too distracting for the important work carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s office.