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Rachel Brand, 3rd ranking official at Justice Dept., is stepping down

Rachel Brand, 3rd ranking official at Justice Dept., is stepping down”

She will reportedly be leaving after serving nine months at the department for a general counsel job in the private sector.

As associate attorney general, Brand, 44, was in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stepped down or was sacked.

Looming in the background of the duelling memos is an ongoing probe, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, into potential linkages between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government's effort to influence the 2016 election. He also criticized Sessions in July for not firing McCabe. Trump warned he might fire Rosenstein for the transgression.

Brand, the associate attorney general who was confirmed last May, has been a prominent Trump administration official working on the reauthorizing of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Brand will apparently become Walmart's head of global corporate governance, which includes legal and policy responsibilities.

In the line of succession, Brand had been behind Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Her position gives her oversight over a wide range of Justice Department offices and initiatives, including the civil rights and antitrust divisions.

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Brand's resignation is different in the sense that she was hand-picked for the job by Trump, assuming her post just five days after Mueller's appointment in May 2017. That memo states that the person next in line is Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

The president has repeatedly criticized Sessions, an ally and campaign advisor, for stepping back from the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions praised Brand as "a lawyer's lawyer" in a Justice Department statement released on Friday evening.

Rachel Brand will be leaving the DOJ in the near future, her personal friend and former colleague Jamie Gorelick revealed in a statement to the Associated Press (AP) on Friday. She received a job offer she could not turn down, according to NBC.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerked at the Supreme Court, she worked at the White House, in academia, and has served in leadership positions spanning three administrations.

He noted, "the more officials who have to be forced out before the president can achieve a particular result, the greater the political costs".



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