The Justice Department has covered up years of sexual misconduct, according to a blockbuster Inspector General report.
The number-two official in the U.S. Marshals Service in Massachusetts engaged in sex with ‘approximately’ nine different women on multiple occasions in his office.
A Civil Division lawyer groped the breasts and buttocks of two female trial attorneys.
A female U.S. attorney carried on a year-long sexual relationship with a subordinate, and then harassed him via emails and text messages when the relationship went sour.
And an assistant FBI special agent in charge was in the habit of asking female employees if they ‘wanted to see his balls.’
His office included a display of his baseball collection.
Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has the unenviable task of cleaning up a workforce that is increasingly caught up in sexual harassment and other misconduct
Most of the complaints date from the Obama years, but at least one stemmed from an incident in August, after Donald Trump became president
The Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz (pictured) admitted to the Washington Post that sexual misconduct within the DOJ was a far-reaching problem after the paper got a hold of a previously secret report
The same agent groped female employees and told one that he admired her ‘come-f***-me boots.’
The Washington Post obtained the previously secret report from the DOJ through a Freedom Of Information Act demand.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz admitted to the Post that the scandal reached ‘presidential appointees, political appointees, FBI special agents in charge, U.S. attorneys, wardens, a chief deputy U.S. marshal, a U.S. marshal assistant director [and] a deputy assistant attorney general.’
The number of such incidents at the Justice Department has been on the rise during the past five years.
Yet some sexual harassers and others who engaged in misconduct later received cash bonuses and other awards based on their job performance.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein insisted in May that it was ‘fortunate that there are relatively few substantiated incidents of sexual harassment, but even one incident is too many.’
Rosenstein ‘convened a working group’ to address the problem this year, the Post reported.
In one case a senior attorney named Victor Lawrence who worked in the Office of Immigration Litigation groped the breasts and buttocks of two female trial attorneys, and made sexually suggestive comments to them during an office party.
His supervisors transferred him to another department without notifying his new co-workers of what they would be facing.
Lawrence was ultimately given a written reprimand and had his title changed to reflect that he was no longer a supervisor.
But he was not suspended or docked any pay. A Civil Division official ruled that taking Lawrence off the job ‘would unnecessarily deprive the government of [his] litigating services,’ the IG’s report recounted.
One of Lawrence’s victims told the Post: ‘I was terrified I was going to get in the elevator and he would be in there.’
The report also disclosed that he was not referred for any prosecution although the case ‘presented potential criminal assault violations.’
Another Justice Department lawyer who wasn’t prosecuted was accused of hacking into a female attorney’s email and creating a ‘fictitious online profile’ to entice her into unspecified conduct.
The attorney, Theodore Atkinson, had his job title changed but was also never suspended or demoted to a lower salary level.
He recently received a ‘Special Commendation Award from the Civil Division.’
The only high-profile case involving a female aggressor came out of an investigation into Amanda Marshall (pictured), a former U.S. attorney in Oregon. It involved a former boyfriend who worked under her. She initially lied about the relationship before resigning in 2015
Other cases included an Office of Immigration Litigation attorney who was caught peeping at co-workers while they pumped breast milk.
The one high-profile case involving a female aggressor came out of an investigation into Amanda Marshall, then the government’s top prosecutor in Oregon.
Her victim, a former boyfriend who worked for her, said he ‘had difficulty sleeping and eating, was distracted and unfocused at work, and was concerned about losing his job,’ the IG report read.
Marshall initially lied to investigators about the relationship.
She resigned in 2015 and publicly apologized.