A senior FBI official allowed a romantic relationship to 'disrupt the workplace,' according to a report.
The inspector general of the Justice Department found this week that a senior FBI official violated the bureau's policy by failing to report a romantic relationship with a subordinate in a timely manner and by participating in a personnel decision involving her paramour.
The official was not identified in an executive summary of Michael Horowitz's report made public Thursday. However, The Washington Post identified her as Jill Tyson, who has served as the assistant director of the bureau's Office of Congressional Affairs since February 2019.
Along with the policy violation, Horowitz found that Tyson allowed her relationship to "harm an appropriate and professional superior-subordinate relationship and to disrupt the workplace by impeding the ability of other FBI employees to complete their work."
Tyson also violated FBI policy by “participating in a hiring or organizational decision involving the subordinate.”
The summary makes no mention of Tyson harassing or abusing her subordinate. According to the Washington Post, the individual was transferred to another section of the bureau following Tyson's disclosure of the relationship.
Tyson joined the FBI in 2018 after working for the Justice Department in a variety of capacities, including deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legislative Affairs, chief spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, and special assistant US attorney prosecuting criminal cases in Washington, DC.
Tyson manages all FBI interactions with Congress in her current position, which puts her in close contact with FBI Director Christopher Wray. According to The Washington Post, Wray "likes and trusts" Tyson, who assists him in preparing for congressional testimony, among other responsibilities.
The report is yet another blot on the FBI's record. Horowitz discovered earlier this month that the bureau's Indianapolis office mishandled sexual abuse allegations against predatory USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, and that top agents violated ethics rules and made false statements when their investigation came under internal review.
Meanwhile, the FBI's investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer came under fire this week, with several of the men arrested claiming they were entrapped by undercover FBI informants. Separately, an FBI agent who was investigating the alleged plot was arrested earlier this week on charges of assaulting his wife following their attendance at a swingers party.
Horowitz stated that his report on Tyson has been forwarded to the FBI and the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility for follow-up.