Joe Biden’s radical pick for U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, Rachael Rollins, is resigning from her post amid an ethics investigation.
Rollins, who was sworn into the role in 2022 after being appointed and confirmed by President Biden in 2021, will submit her official resignation before the end of the day on Friday, according to her attorney. This comes after the Department of Justice launched an investigation into her attendance at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser featuring First Lady Jill Biden in July 2022, as well as into her travel history and use of a personal cellphone for business purposes.
Prior to her nomination by Biden, Rollins had been the District Attorney for Suffolk County in Massachusetts since January 2019. She was backed by George Soros and had made her pro–criminal stances public, claiming to be “exhausted” because police officers “shoot us in the street as if we were animals.”
Her controversial policies, including a campaign promise to not prosecute certain classes of crimes, and her policy memo on cash bail and pretrial release of “presumptive recommendation of release on personal recognizance without conditions”, have been heavily criticized by many.
The National Police Association filed a formal complaint with the Office of the Bar Counsel in Massachusetts against her, alleging that she had “reckless disregard for the laws enacted by the Massachusetts General Assembly mandate.”
Devastating report from DOJ inspector general on Massachustts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.
Horowitz found she lied repeatedly about leaking nonpublic info to press and tried to use leaks to influence primary election for an ally. https://t.co/TH8rQAc8oo pic.twitter.com/fnS8ddiZz8
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) May 17, 2023
Charles Stimson from the Heritage Foundation said of her policies, “In other words, in Boston, a violent career felon can break into your home, be in possession of cocaine, plan to distribute that cocaine to others, and resist arrest after you call the police, and all the charges will be ‘outright dismissed,’ so long as the reason he broke into your house—and terrified your family—was because he wanted ‘to sleep’ or was ‘seeking refuge’ from the cold.”
Since Rollins took office, the number of shootings in Boston have increased by 29 percent, and deadly shootings are up 34 percent. This has many questioning why Biden chose Rollins in the first place.
Rollins’ attorney stated, “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.”
Rollins’ resignation is a stark contrast to Biden’s original opinion of her, where he said, “Rachael Rollins is a proven leader who will work tirelessly to ensure that every person in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receives equal justice under the law.”
It remains to be seen who Biden will appoint to replace Rollins. However, it is clear that the next pick must be someone who is committed to upholding the law and protecting the safety of citizens.