[The Inspector General] said he was most alarmed by evidence that [the U.S. Attorney] had secretly tipped off a Boston Herald reporter about a possible Justice Department investigation into one of the candidates then running to succeed her as Suffolk County district attorney . . . to benefit a friend and ally . . . .
She initially tried to persuade a senior aide to issue a letter suggesting the department was investigating [the opposing candidate] for public corruption. When the person refused, she reached out to the newspaper in an unsuccessful effort to make her claims public before the election, investigators found.
She had only been in office since January 2022.