Rachel Brand is stepping down from her Justice Department role

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

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

The memo, which was released publicly last week, said Rosenstein signed off on an application to reauthorize a surveillance warrant on ex-Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

After just nine months in her role, Brand had grown increasingly uncomfortable with Trump's escalating attacks on the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which she and other law enforcement professionals feared was beginning to undermine the rule of law, according to sources.

Brand, who became associate attorney general in May, has kept a relatively low profile and, unlike other top officials, has not been personally targeted by Trump. Had President Trump made a decision to fire Rosenstein, Brand would have taken over his post at the DOJ.

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.

Rachel Brand, The Third-Ranking Justice Department Official, Is Stepping Down
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Brand, a Supreme Court Clerk under Justice Anthony Kennedy, eminent conservative litigator, George Mason University law professor, and political appointee under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was confirmed to her post in the Trump administration in May.

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand is planning to step down, according to sources. Still, that she would leave after just nine months in the administration suggests that conflict has destabilized the upper echelons of the Justice Department. The reason for her departure is unclear, and her exit caught senior Justice Department officials by surprise. "Rod's had 27 years in the department, Rachel's had a number of years in the department previously, so they both represent the kind of quality and leadership we want in the department", Sessions said. She is leaving for an attractive offer in the private sector, according to the person.

Trump has also criticised Sessions for recusing himself.

Brand holds an extensive portfolio overseeing the Department's antitrust and civil rights divisions.

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