Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins is reportedly resigning this week after the release of a monthslong DOJ ethics investigation into her appearance at a Biden fundraiser last summer and other issues.
Rollins’ attorney, former Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich, told The Associated Press his client would be stepping down by Friday.
“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.
“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.”
People familiar with the investigation said the probe had expanded into other areas, including Rollins’ use of her personal cellphone to conduct Justice Department business and a trip she took to California that was paid for by an outside group.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release a report Wednesday morning on her alleged conduct, sources told Fox News.
In a July tweet, Rollins said she “had approval” to meet the first lady and left the event early to speak at two community events.
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, another federal watchdog agency, has also been investigating whether Rollins’ attendance at the fundraiser violated the Hatch Act, a law that limits political activity by government workers. The status of that investigation is unclear.
In addition to probing the fundraiser appearance, the inspector general’s office copied the phone contents of some employees in Rollins’ office as part of their probe into her possible use of her personal phone for Justice Department business.
The film crew, who worked for Fox-affiliate Boston 25 News, asked Rollins if she would be willing to answer questions. Rollins, becoming visibly upset, demanded to know how the reporters knew where she lived, to which they informed her it is a matter of public record.
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.