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“It’s not what you think it is,” said Joelyn Wilson, a retired assistant district attorney from St. Louis.
She is among the dozens of attorneys who have filed lawsuits in recent months to challenge the actions of former St. Clair County Prosecuting Attorney Steve McMichael, who is now the U.S. attorney in St. Charles.
“He’s not a whistleblower.”
McMichael was a key player in a sweeping investigation into allegations of a cover-up by then-Attorney General Eric Holder in the deaths of five black men in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 and 2015.
A year later, McMichael resigned from his position after a St. Michael grand jury declined to indict him for the crimes.
In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, Wilson, who worked for McMichael as an assistant district prosecutor for three years, said she was hired to investigate the allegations.
The probe was a response to an anonymous complaint from a former prosecutor who said he believed McMichael made inappropriate sexual advances to her, she wrote.
“I was a prosecutor who was tasked with investigating a murder, but when I investigated, I found that he had violated the rules of professional conduct, including sexual harassment, sexual harassment and sexual harassment of a former employee,” Wilson wrote in her letter.
“I was appalled by what I saw and heard and I left the office.”
The attorney’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on her letter or on whether it would respond to the allegations in Wilson’s letter.
Wilson’s letter was not the only complaint that came from the prosecutor.
A separate investigation by the St. Peters County Prosecutive Office into allegations that the prosecutor had violated rules of conduct by using a private email server while he was investigating the deaths in Ferguson found no evidence that McMichael violated the law, according to a summary of the report obtained by the AP.
The prosecutor resigned from office in 2016.
McMichaels office, which was a private company, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview with The Associated Statesman.
He also did not return calls for comment.
The attorney general has declined to make public any of the documents that led to the dismissal of McMichael.
But Wilson said in her email that McMichales office should not have fired her based on a “personal opinion” of his.
“The Attorney General should have listened to my complaint and taken action,” she wrote in the email.
Wilson is one of a handful of attorneys suing the federal government over its handling of the Ferguson case, which has spurred a wave of lawsuits in the U, including a class-action lawsuit in Minnesota that seeks $40 billion in damages.
In that case, attorneys say they were denied due process and were repeatedly told that the case was closed.
Wilson said she felt “disrespected” and that she did not think she had done anything wrong.
“I feel like they knew this was going to be a public scandal,” Wilson said.
“They had an opportunity to do something about it, but they didn’t do anything.”