Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Number Three Official at Justice Dept. Out

Number Three Official at Justice Dept. Out

Brand was confirmed just last May after being nominated for the position by President Donald Trump.

A source familiar with Brand's plans said she is going to accept a job with Walmart.

Brand, who has served in the Justice department under three administrations, would be in charge of the Russian Federation probe - and have authority to fire Mueller - if Trump were to get rid of Rosenstein.

Brand's resignation was first reported by the New York Times. But Brand was next in line to take over if Rosenstein recused himself, or was removed and not immediately replaced.

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Ms. Brand's assistant, Currie Gunn, has also left the department. "Rod's had 27 years in the department, Rachel's had a number of years in the department previously, so they both represent the kind of quality and leadership we want in the department", Sessions said. She was in line to oversee the investigation if Rosenstein stepped down. "I know the entire Department of Justice will miss her, but we join together in congratulating her on this new opportunity in the private sector".

In her role as associate attorney general, Brand oversaw a broad portfolio, including the Justice Department's anti-trust, civil rights, tax and civil divisions. She received a job offer she could not turn down, according to NBC. In addition to her third in command position she's now vacating, Rachel worked in the Office of Legal policy at the DOJ under the second Bush administration and then served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board under the Obama administration.

When asked if he was considering firing Rosenstein after the memo's release last Friday, Trump said, "You figure that one out". That matter was the subject of a memo produced by the Republican House Intelligence Committee chair Devin Nunes, whose document sought to call into question the methods by which the nation's top law-enforcement officials engaged in surveillance of a former Trump adviser during the 2016 election.

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