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Criticized for leaks, US official resigns

WASHINGTON — A member of the National Labor Relations Board accused of leaking inside information has resigned, the agency said Sunday.

Terence Flynn had been under pressure to leave since March, when the board’s inspector general found that Flynn committed ethics violations by revealing confidential details on the status of pending cases.

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Flynn, a Republican, shared the information with two former board members, including a onetime labor adviser to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. That adviser, Peter Schaumber, left the Romney campaign in December, around the time the investigation into Flynn began.

Flynn submitted a letter to President Obama and the board’s chairman, Mark Pearce, late Saturday saying he would resign July 24 but recuse himself from all agency business until he departs.

While Flynn did not mention the allegations against him, he had previously denied any wrongdoing. Flynn’s had said any discussions about board proceedings were not illegal.

Flynn is one of five members of the board, which oversees union elections and enforces labor laws. It has been the focus of intense partisan wrangling, with Republicans and business groups complaining that it leans too heavily in favor of labor unions.

Obama bypassed the Senate to appoint Flynn and two Democratic nominees to the board in January. Republicans had filibustered the nominations.

The inspector general said Flynn improperly leaked information about the status of cases, how other board members planned to vote, and strategy for handling litigation. In one instance, the inspector general found, Flynn secretly helped Schaumber draft an opinion column denouncing a board decision that favored unions.

The alleged ethical violations occurred in 2010 and 2011, when Flynn was a staff lawyer for the board.

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