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11 February 2018, 05:12 | Floyd Cook
Rachel Brand, The Third-Ranking Justice Department Official, Is Stepping Down
Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general in the Department of Justice, is stepping down from her position, Fox News has confirmed. Panuccio replaces Rachel Brand, who stepped down unexpectedly to take what she called her "dream job".
"We are fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company", said McMillon.
But the White House denied that there would be any changes made at the Justice Department later that evening.
Rachel Brand became one of the top officials after being nominated as an associate attorney general in the Trump administration. Sen. The investigation is being overseen by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who has been under significant scrutiny as a result of his involvement in the investigation.
The number three official at the Dept. of Justice has just announced her resignation.
A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. With her gone, the next person in line is Solicitor General Noel Francisco. She will instead be taking a job as a top-level executive for Walmart, according toreports.
Brand was also a top Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, helping pick nominees for federal judgeships.
Brand will oversee Walmart's legal department, in addition to ethics, compliance, and global investigations. "She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family", Sessions said in a statement. Brand now oversees the DOJ's civil division, the civil rights division and the antitrust division. The 702 program allows the collection of foreign intelligence from non-Americans located outside the United States.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Brand clerked on the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and then on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy.
He noted, "the more officials who have to be forced out before the president can achieve a particular result, the greater the political costs".
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