Justice Watchdog Probes US Attorney Attending Jill Biden Event

BOSTON,  MA - October 4: US District Attorney Rachel Rollins speaks at a press conference along with Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Special Agent in Charge to announce the arrest of Jason Duhaime, 45 of San Antonio Texas in connection with a reported explosion at the campus of Northeastern University last month on October 4, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The Justice Department’s inspector general has reportedly opened an investigation of  U.S. Attorney Rachel Rollins,  the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, after appearance at a political fundraiser featuring first lady Jill Biden
  • An investigation by the department’s internal watchdog targeting one of the nation’s 93 U.S. attorneys is highly unusual, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the probe.
  • The ethics concerns threaten to undermine Attorney General Merrick Garland’s efforts to restore the Justice Department’s reputation for political independence.
  • Rollins was photographed in July arriving at a home in Andover, Massachusetts, where the DNC fundraiser with Jill Biden was held.

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