REPORT: Judge orders DOJ to reveal name of U.S. attorney who had affair with subordinate
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A federal judge has ruled that the Justice Department must disclose the name of a former U.S. attorney who had an extramarital affair with a supervisor in the same office.
Manhattan-based U.S. District Court Judge Vernon Broderick ordered the disclosure in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by BuzzFeed, demanding further details about a somewhat-vague statement the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General issued on the case in May 2017.
The article goes on to state the following:
Justice Department lawyers argued that releasing the names of the two prosecutors would amount to an unwarranted invasion of privacy, but Broderick said there was a legitimate public interest in knowing more about the case, which investigators said created “unbearable atmosphere” in the office.
“The wrongdoing at issue here clearly implicated the core responsibilities of the U.S. Attorney as the chief federal law enforcement officer and head of his judicial district,” the judge wrote. “Among those responsibilities was the supervising, management, and operation of his district. The consequences of the wrongdoing directly impacted the work environment of the Office. Indeed, the actions of the U.S. Attorney and Supervisory AUSA led to the filing of complaints and could have led to lawsuits.”
The affair stretched from 2011 to 2015, the inspector general report found. The U.S. Attorney has since retired from the department, the report said.
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