Justice Department's third-highest ranking official resigns

Justice Department's third-highest ranking official resigns

Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, plans to step down after nine months on the job as the country's top law enforcement agency has been under attack by President Trump, according to two people briefed on her decision. According to CBS News, the department says the associate attorney general will be leaving "in the coming weeks". Brand will become global governance director at Walmart; it's the company's top legal position. In addition to her third in command position she's now vacating, Rachel worked in the Office of Legal policy at the DOJ under the second Bush administration and then served on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board under the Obama administration.

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.

More recently, the Washington Post reported Trump had seen a controversial memo written by House Republicans based on classified material as a vehicle he could use to fire Rosenstein.

"She has the gravitas of being the third ranking official in the Department of Justice, but also the subject matter expertise on Section 702 from her time serving on the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, who leads the department's Office of Legislative Affairs, told CNN last month. "She will always remain part of the Department of Justice family".

In a statement, Brand defended her department, saying, "The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day".

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Crafty bowling by spinners Maxwell (3-10) and Ashton Agar (2-15) dragged England back, though, and they fell from 3-109 to 9-137. Two balls later, Willey knocked over T20 superstar Chris Lynn with a beauty as England came storming back into the contest.

Rosenstein oversees Mueller's investigation because Sessions recused himself from the matter a year ago.

"Rachel has shown real leadership over many important divisions at the department", Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Friday night in which he congratulated Brand.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been repeatedly criticized by Trump.

When asked if he was considering firing Rosenstein after the memo's release last Friday, Trump said, "You figure that one out". The measure passed, and Trump signed it into law in January. She has been seen as a rising star within the conservative legal world. In her current capacity, she oversaw a number of politically challenging areas of the department, including the civil rights, antitrust and civil divisions.

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