The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a possible inappropriate relationship between Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney in Oregon, and a subordinate in her office, The Oregonian reports. Marshall has taken a leave of absence for health reasons. The Office of the Inspector General is looking into the relationship of Marshall and assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Kerin. Kerin tried to break off that relationship. Sources said he grew concerned enough at Marshall’s reaction that he reported it to his Justice Department superiors. Marshall was reportedly driving by his home and sending multiple texts, including several she sent telling him she knew what he was doing at the time.
Billy J. Williams, the acting U.S. Attorney for Oregon, declined to answer questions about Marshall’s departure. This is a crucial time in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon, which is leading a sweeping influence-peddling investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his companion, Cylvia Hayes.