No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down
No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down
Rachel Brand, The Third-Ranking Justice Department Official, Is Stepping Down
10 February, 2018, 09:46
The sudden departure follows months of unrest within the top echelons of federal law-enforcement in the USA, due in part to the increasingly fiery rhetoric from President Donald Trump and his allies, who have sought to cast a pall of suspicion over the DOJ and the FBI.
In a statement, Brand said she is proud of the department's accomplishments during her short time there.
Ms. Brand, who has previously served in both the White House and the Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate in May. Brand would likely have taken over-because of the fact that Attorney General Jeff Session has recused himself from the investigation. She has held government positions over the course of three presidential administrations. Still, that she would leave after just nine months in the administration suggests that conflict has destabilized the upper echelons of the Justice Department. Mr. Trump, who has called the investigation a witch hunt, has considered firing Mr. Rosenstein.
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