Rachel Kunjummen Paulose (see her Wikipedia profile) is the first Indian American to become a U.S. Attorney, and is based in Minneapolis. At the age of 34, she's also the youngest person to have held the post. But now, as the controversy over the Justice Department's firing of 8 prosecutors plays out, Paulose is herself under fire. Two days ago, three of her top deputies removed themselves from leadership positions:
Several of their associates described the action as a protest over what the three deputies regarded as Ms. Paulose’s ideologically driven and dictatorial managerial style. None of the three are quitting. Each is returning to a nonsupervisory role within the office, but their decisions to give up their managerial roles signaled a rebellion of sorts to Ms. Paulose.
Paulose avoided commenting on the particulars. Bigwigs from DOJ have flown in to do some quelling, but given the scale of the story, and the terms under which she came in - she succeeded U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger, who resigned last year - this is unlikely to fade away soon. From the AP:
Paulose was one of 15 federal prosecutors appointed after Congress changed the USA Patriot Act to let the Justice Department fill vacant U.S. attorney jobs without judicial review. She was confirmed by the Senate in December 2006.
Here's a little bit of her story, from her swearing-in:
In her remarks today, Paulose spoke of how her maternal grandparents came to America after fleeing Kerala, India, following the election of a Communist state government. She said, “My grandfather arrived on American soil in the 1960's and spent the next decade bringing over our family, many of whom are here today. One of the last to arrive was his eldest daughter, holding a baby during that journey. Today, she was holding the Bible on which I took my oath, and we begin a new journey. We’ve come a long way together.”
Regardless of what actually happened, for those who are interested, the office is hiring.
--Read Abhi at Sepia Mutiny's write-up, prior to this week's self-demotions: "After the Purge, we get Rachel Paulose"