Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down

Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down

Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down

Brand's resignation is the latest sign of turmoil at US law enforcement agencies, which have come under sustained attack by Trump and his Republican allies in recent months. That job would now fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco. Trump also ousted all remaining U.S. attorneys, the chief federal prosecutors in each state, who had served under Trump's Democratic predecessor.

Brand ranks below Attorney General Jeff Sessions - who recused himself from Robert Mueller's Russian investigation - and Rosenstein who is now overseeing Mueller's investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia.

CBN News has confirmed with multiple sources inside the Department of Justice that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three person in charge of the DOJ is leaving.

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.

The Justice Department has yet to comment on her resignation, or who could take her place.

Jamie Gorelick, a close friend and former colleague of Brand's, said she's leaving to become a global governance director at Walmart, the retail giant's top legal position.

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"We are fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company", McMillon said. She hasn't been publicly linked to the Russian Federation probe. She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family. He is now the highest ranking Floridian in the Trump Administration.

Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey, who was leading the agency's Russian Federation investigation, in May 2017, saying he took the action because of "this Russian Federation thing".

Attorney General Sessions, however, was effusive in his praise.

Brand has one of the department's more politically challenging jobs, managing the lawyers who litigate civil issues, including Trump's travel ban as well as civil rights, environmental and antitrust cases.

"She made this (re-authorization) her top priority and combined her expertise and gravitas to help pass legislation keeping this crucial national security tool", Sessions said. He famously clashed with then-acting attorney Sally Yates in January 2017, after she told colleagues that she wasn't sure whether the first iteration of Trump's travel ban was lawful.

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