The Justice Department's Third Highest Ranking Official Has Resigned

The Justice Department's Third Highest Ranking Official Has Resigned

Brand said in a statement, "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here".

Brand's departure created headlines because she is next in line to take over supervision of Robert Mueller's special counsel if Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general of the Justice Department, were to quit or be fired.

She also told friends that she was overwhelmed and unsupported at the DOJ, especially due to a lack of Senate-confirmed officials.

The list of people who were either fired or resigned from their posts because of their involvement in the Russian Federation probe includes: former FBI Director James Comey and his chief of staff, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI General Counsel James Baker, FBI assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, and Justice Department Counterintelligence and Export Control Section David Laufman.

About a third of the 13 divisions in Brand's purview, including the civil rights and civil divisions, remain vacant, according to NBC. "She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerked at the Supreme Court, she worked at the White House, in academia, and has served in leadership positions spanning three administrations".

Walmart, a giant American multinational retail corporation, announced Rachel Brand will be appointed as Executive Vice President, Global Governance and Corporate Secretary.

The report does not elaborate on which aspects of the probe Brand dreaded taking on, or whether it was merely the prospect of being thrust into one of the highest-pressure jobs in politics that gave her pause. 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. Because one of those officials is "acting", only Robert Higdon, the US attorney in North Carolina, and Erin Cox, the USA attorney in Texas, would be eligible.

Rosenstein had approved the extension of surveillance on Carter Page, a former campaign adviser for Donald Trump.

"A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that", Trump said.

After release of the memo, a reporter asked the president whether he still had confidence in Rosenstein.

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