Rachel Brand Stepping Down as Justice Department's No. 3

Glen Norman
February 10, 2018

A former Central Intelligence Agency official who was law school classmates with newly-resigned Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand explained to an MSNBC panel Friday afternoon that her departure may precede that of the deputy attorney general. 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.

Rachel Brand, whose name has been in the news recently only because of reports President Trump wants to fire the number two person at DOJ and she would then take over for Rod Rosenstein - and oversee the Russian Federation investigation. She also introduced Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in turn praised Brand for her "strong leadership as our third in command at the department". Had President Trump made a decision to fire Rosenstein, Brand would have taken over his post at the DOJ. Her departure was first reported by the New York Times. I want to thank Attorney General Sessions for his leadership over this Department. Still, that she would leave after just nine months in the administration suggests that conflict has destabilized the upper echelons of the Justice Department.

Brand attracted interest because of her potential to assume a key role in the Trump-Russia investigation. Speaking of FISA warrants - following the release of a memo that alleged the Federal Bureau of Investigation overstepped its bounds in using surveillance methods and that Rosenstein agreed to a FISA application to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page, Trump has implied he might fire Rosenstein. She has held government positions over the course of three presidential administrations. Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who received some of the fiercest of Trump's attacks, was reportedly pushed out of the bureau last week.

In the position, she oversaw the department's efforts on civil and civil rights matters as well as the antitrust, tax and environment and natural resources divisions.

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