Rachel Brand, No. 3 official in Justice Department, to step down

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

Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general, will leave the DOJ for a job in the private sector, according to the report.

Brand, who has served in the last three administrations as a political appointee and is widely respected, has mostly managed to stay out of the spotlight amid the president's Twitter rampages. As Associate Attorney General, Brand oversaw thousands of attorneys and professionals across the department's civil law divisions, including Antitrust, Tax and Environment and Natural Resources.

The Justice Department has been the focus of attacks by President Donald Trump as the special counsel investigation into potential ties between his campaign and the Russians continues. The attacks have escalated in recent weeks as Republicans in Congress have criticized the handling by the Justice Department, FBI and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court of warrants for surveillance of a Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page, who had ties to Russian Federation.

Last week, Ms. Brand hosted a summit meeting at the Justice Department on human trafficking. Following Rachel's op-ed she wrote in the NYT that lauded the law for being "valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security", Congress extended the FISA Amendments Act in a vote. 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.

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The decision comes as the DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation come under fire following the release of a contentious Republican memo, alleging bias and FISA abuses from within the agency. At that event, Mr. Sessions thanked her for her "strong leadership as our third in command at the department". She was previously President George W. Bush's assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy, which develops and implements the department's significant policy initiatives.

Brand will oversee Walmart's legal department, in addition to ethics, compliance, and global investigations.

Brand clerked for Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Charles Fried from 1998-1999 and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from 2002-2003.

"The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day", she said.

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