Justice Department's No. 3 official steps down

Rachel Brand, The Third-Ranking Justice Department Official, Is Stepping Down

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

Ms. Brand is leaving to take a job in the private sector as general counsel, The Times reported.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised the "quality and leadership" of Brand and Rosenstein at a Justice Department event last week that focused on human trafficking, which was one of her stated priorities.

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

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Because Sessions has recused himself from all investigations involving the 2016 presidential elections, Brand would have found herself overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Russia investigation" if Rosenstein resigned, were fired, or, as some speculated in July he might, also recused himself from that investigation.

Brand previously worked in the administrations of both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama as the head of the Justice Department's office of legal policy and as a member of an oversight board for privacy and civil liberties.

Brand's resignation was first reported by the New York Times. He said he wouldn't have appointed Sessions attorney general if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe.

The No 3 official at the U.S. justice department, Rachel Brand, is planning to resign, it was reported on Friday.

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

In the position, she oversaw the department's efforts on civil and civil rights matters as well as the antitrust, tax and environment and natural resources divisions. 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.

Most recently, in late January, Andrew McCabe - the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - announced that he will be stepping down from his post after months of intense criticism from Trump.

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