US Attorney in Minnesota to leave post for DC
After just 20 months, Rachel K. Paulose, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, is leaving her post to return to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Paulose, 34, was appointed to the job after the departure of Tom Heffelfinger, who was the head of DOJ's Native American Issues Subcommittee. Although he resigned at his own will, testimony in Congress showed that political appointees in DC wanted to fire Heffelfinger because he spent "too much time" on Indian issues.

Palouse, a young, conservative and Christian Republican, was one of several DC insiders who replaced several fired federal prosecutors, many of whom were prominent on Indian issues.

The Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel is currently investigating Palouse for allegedly mishandling classified material and for alleged racist statements. Her subordinates have criticized her management of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

"I do believe that Rachel's departure is good news for the U.S. attorney's office. Her tenure has been marked with significant internal problems, which were undermining morale," Heffelfinger told The Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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U.S. Attorney for Minnesota to Leave Post (The Washington Post 11/20)
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Amid Turmoil, U.S. Attorney Will Shift to Headquarters (The New York Times 11/20)
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Minnesota’s embattled U.S. attorney steps down (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 11/20)
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