John Kelly, a senior Justice Department official in Washington, is expected to return to Minneapolis to help run the U.S. attorney’s office in Minnesota, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Kelly, who would be first assistant to U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose. The newspaper says Kelly’s potential role in quelling turmoil in the 110-person office underscores the dissatisfaction among some prosecutors with the 34-year-old Paulose’s management style, which sources described as abrasive and, at times, disrespectful.
Resignations of three managers in the office were criticized by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) as “another example of the proud corps of U.S. attorneys being deprofessionalized. We wonder in how many other offices the same lack of confidence is taking its toll. Attorney General [Alberto] Gonzales has a responsibility to see that the finest people are put in these positions, not simply cronies.” But Paulose’s predecessor, Thomas Heffelfinger, said, “I do believe that whatever’s happening over there relates to the internal management of that office and has little if anything to do with the current debate going on in Washington.”