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Democrat-Darling Rachael Rollins Disbarred After Justice Refuses To Prosecute One Of Its Own

•, by Jonathan Turley

The case presented a glaring contrast to how the Justice Department treats its own officials accused of crimes in comparison to less favored individuals. Now, Rollins has been stripped of her bar license based on the same conduct.

Rollins was a figure lionized by the media and many Democrats in Congress. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) heralded Rollins as the ideal U.S. Attorney. Despite her position in Massachusetts, Los Angeles Times' editorial board dedicated a long editorial to proclaiming Rollins as

"among President Biden's smartest appointments, and if her nomination is finally approved in the Senate she would become the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, handling cases involving national security, white-collar crime, public corruption, cybercrime, gang violence and civil rights violations. Biden's nomination of Rollins, while hardly radical, represents a threat to the Republican narrative about Democrats and crime, as do Boston's enviable crime stats … The point is that when GOP senators claim that Rollins' policies increase crime, they're just making things up to justify blocking one of the nation's most successful criminal justice leaders."

Rollins later resigned from office after investigators uncovered evidence that she had lied to them, a federal crime commonly charged against others.

The OIG released detailed findings against Rollins for allegedly seeking to influence a Suffolk County, Mass., district attorney election last year. She also was accused by the OIG of lying under oath during an investigation into the matter. The report states that "on December 16, 2022, pursuant to the Inspector General Act, 5 U.S.C. § 404(d), the OIG referred the false statements allegation to the Department for a prosecutive decision. On January 6, 2023, the Department informed the OIG that it declined prosecution."

According to the OIG, Rollins sought to help Boston City Councilman Ricardo Arroyo in the Democratic primary for Suffolk's district attorney by providing derogatory information to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald regarding his opponent, then-interim D.A. Kevin Hayden. The OIG said the information included "non-public, sensitive" DOJ material that Rollins acquired as a result of her federal position. The material suggested that Hayden was being investigated for public corruption.