No. 3 at Justice Department Resigns

Rachel Brand, The Third-Ranking Justice Department Official, Is Stepping Down
Rachel Brand, No. 3 official at DOJ, is stepping down
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11 February, 2018

The third-highest ranking official at the Department of Justice - who would oversee the federal Russian Federation investigation if President Donald Trump were to fire deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - is planning to resign, the New York Times reported Friday.

Brand was next in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into alleged Russian meddling, in the event Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is ever removed.

"We are fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company", McMillon said. When Faulkner mentioned that Porter's ongoing lack of a permanent security clearance should have hinted at some underlying issue, Fleischer said that the White House only knows "what the Federal Bureau of Investigation tells them". A source said she was going to work as an executive at retailer Walmart.

"Rachel has shown real leadership over many important divisions at the department", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Friday night in which he congratulated Brand.

Brand has kept a low profile at the department since she was confirmed in May.

'She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family'. She has held politically appointed positions at the Justice Department over the past three presidential administrations. She will be responsible for the organization's Legal, Global Ethics and Compliance and Global Investigation, Security, Aviation and Travel departments, along with her role as corporate secretary.

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3 official at the Justice Department, is stepping down after less than nine months in the job.

Should Rosenstein step down now, Solicitor General Noel Francisco would take over the probe, not Panuccio. President Trump himself defended Porter while speaking to reporters Friday, while Chief of Staff John Kelly is under increasing scrutiny for his role in Porter's departure.

Brand's responsibilities at the DOJ included the department's civil rights and antitrust divisions, according to the Times. Spokespeople for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to TPM's inquiry about the report.

She had recently pushed Congress to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program that gives the U.S. government authority to spy on foreigners located outside the country. Nunes has said that more memos are coming.

"Rod and Rachel are Harvard graduates, they are experienced lawyers".


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