Thursday, 13 December, 2018

No. 3 Official at Justice Department to Resign

Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down NYT: DOJ No. 3 Stepping Down
| 10 February, 2018, 09:47

Her resignation comes at a moment of intense political scrutiny for the department, including some harsh criticism from President Trump.

Brand, who became associate attorney general in May, has kept a relatively low profile and, unlike other top officials, has not been personally targeted by Trump.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post previous year, Ms. Brand argued that the law "has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security" and that law enforcement officers would be "at risk" without it. Congress voted to extend that law, Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, last month.

No immediate reason for Brand's and her assistant, Currie Gunn, decision to leave was forthcoming.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand is leaving the DOJ for the top legal job at Walmart, a press release on the department's website confirmed Friday.

"The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day", Brand said in a statement. Trump has flouted the possibility of firing him and, if he does, Brand would take over responsibility for Mueller's expanding probe.


But her departure raises the possibility that her role could be filled by a Trump partisan who may end up playing an essential role in the Russian Federation investigation.

'She felt this was an opportunity she couldn't turn down, ' Gorelick told the Associated Press.

Trump has ramped up his criticism of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent weeks, demanding that officials face consequences for the "disgrace" they've supposedly caused.

More recently, the Washington Post reported Trump had seen a controversial memo written by House Republicans based on classified material as a vehicle he could use to fire Rosenstein.

Brand's responsibilities at the DOJ included the department's civil rights and antitrust divisions, according to the Times. Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who received some of the fiercest of Trump's attacks, was reportedly pushed out of the bureau last week.

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