No. 3 Official at Justice Department to Resign

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

That left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein overseeing Mueller's investigation, and Trump and GOP allies have attacked Rosenstein at times.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the number three official at the Department of Justice, resigned late Friday. He also criticized Sessions in July for not firing McCabe. She was third in the line of succession at the Department of Justice.

Last week, Trump approved the release of the memo that the Democrats called a shameful act to discredit the Department Of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Counsel Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, reports said.

In a statement, Brand defended her department, saying, "The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day". Trump called the matter "a disgrace".

Brand will be taking the role of head of global corporate governance with the world's largest corporation.

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




Brand also served the DOJ under Barack Obama, and was a high-ranking official in the department under George W. Bush. Rosenstein has been overseeing the probe because Sessions, who had worked on the Trump campaign, recused himself.

Brand on Friday lauded Sessions' "commitment to the rule of law". Here's everything you need to know about the DOJ official resigning!

The resignation comes just one week after Brand and Rosenstein received praise from Sessions. That memo states that the person next in line is Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

Trump has always been publicly raged against the probe - which he frequently describes as a "witch hunt" - and reportedly called for Mueller to be sacked over the summer, but backed off when White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign. As one of five Senate-confirmed members of the panel, she provided advice and oversight for US counter-terrorism agencies. 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.

Brand's responsibilities at the DOJ included the department's civil rights and antitrust divisions, according to the Times. "She helped lead the department's effort to extend a law that authorizes the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program". The measure passed, and Trump signed it into law in January.

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