Feds say Rockford native violated law as Justice Department official


REPORT released Wednesday says Michael Elston, a 1987 graduate of Auburn High School in Rockford who later served as a senior official in the U.S. Justice Department, violated federal law by using political considerations in screening candidates for coveted entry-level positions in the department.

The report was prepared by the Justice Department’s inspector general and the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The Washington Post SAID Elston won’t likely face legal sanctions, because he resigned from the Justice Department last year amid questions about his role in the firing of nine federal prosecutors.

Several of the fired prosecutors said they received intimidating phone calls from Elston warning them against making a fuss over their dismissals.

Elston, who now works for a private law firm,  did not respond Wednesday to calls from various news media.

There’s more on all of this HERE.