Rachel Brand, No. 3 at DOJ, Will Step Down

Rachel Brand, No. 3 at DOJ, Will Step Down

The third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, will step down after just nine months on the job, the New York Times reported Friday.

In the line of succession, Brand has been behind Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Had President Trump chose to fire Rosenstein, Brand would have taken over his post at the DOJ.

Rosenstein is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

And her departure leaves another vacancy at the Justice Department, which still lacks Senate-confirmed leaders over many of its most important divisions.

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

'The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day, ' Brand said, also in the statement.

"Thank you, Rachel, for your kind words and, more importantly, for your strong leadership as our third in command at the department", Sessions said. Reports that Mr. Trump had tried to fire Mr. Mueller and had considered firing Mr. Rosenstein raised questions of who would replace Mr. Rosenstein.

Brand, who now oversees the department's civil rights and antitrust divisions, has become embroiled in the scandal, as she is among a number of senior officials who urged Trump to not declassify the four-page memo, citing "grave concerns" about its accuracy. 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 controversy over Sessions and Rosenstein's future brewed last summer, some speculated she might, at least temporarily, take the reins at the Justice Department. The memo alleged the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its power regarding surveillance methods, and said Rosenstein signed off on at least one FISA application of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

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