As expected, Indian-American Rachel Paulose, the embattled U.S. Attorney for Minnesota has stepped down from her post.
Our KeralaÂ immigrantÂ will take up a new position at the Justice Department in Washington as an adviser on legal policy issues in January.
After the New York Times hatchet job on Rachel Paulose last week, we never had any doubt that her departure was imminent.
No official reasons have been provided for Rachel Paulose’s resignation but it’s common knowledge that our Mallu Kutty – the youngest U.S. Attorney in the nation – was under considerable pressure with turmoil in her office and lack of political support making it difficult for her to continue.
In a story on the conservative Republican U.S. Attorney’sÂ resignation, the New York Times wrote on Monday:Â
Ms. Pauloseâ€™s appointment as United States attorney last year was viewed by many prominent lawyers in Minnesota â€” and in her own office â€” as representative of a larger problem at the Justice Department under the former attorney general, Alberto R. Gonzales, with experienced prosecutors replaced by relatively young and inexperienced lawyers who were seen as fiercely loyal to the Bush administration.
Minnesotta’s two Senators – a Republican and a Democrat – both welcomed Rachel Paulose’s departure.
Denying that she had made any racist comment on her colleagues, Rachel Paulose wrote on a conservative blog last week:
The McCarthyite hysteria that permits the anonymous smearing of any public servant who is now, or ever may have been, a member of the Federalist Society; a person of faith; and/or a conservative (especially a young, conservative woman of color) is truly a disservice to our country.