“While I am a federal prosecutor, I am writing to express my own views, clearly not those of the department, on a matter that should concern all citizens: the unprecedented politicization of the office of the attorney general,” Herbert wrote.
Herbert accused Barr of doing “the president’s bidding at every turn.”
“From his misleading summary of the Mueller Report, to his selective intervention in cases against political allies of the president, to his accusation that victims such as George Floyd are being used as mere ‘props’ by those calling for racial justice, to his baseless claims about mail-in ballots, William Barr has done the president’s bidding at every turn,” he wrote.
“For 30 years I have been proud to say I work for the Department of Justice, but the current attorney general has brought shame on the department he purports to lead,” Herbert added.
Christina Sterling, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office, told CNN the office was aware Herbert was sending the letter to the Globe.
“He was expressing his personal views, which he has a right to do. He notified us ahead of time and he ran it by the ethics advisors to make sure it was okay to be sent,” Sterling said.
CNN’s Christina Carrega contributed to this report.