Rachel Brand, Third-Highest Ranking Justice Department Official, Steps Down

(From CBS News)

The third-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department, Rachel Brand, will step down nine months after she was confirmed as associate attorney general, the Associated Press confirmed. She is planning to step down at a time of turmoil in the agency.

Brand will be joining Walmart as its executive vice president of global governance and corporate secretary, the company confirmed in a news release late Friday. Brand currently oversees the DOJ’s civil division, the civil rights division and the antitrust division. The New York Times first reported her departure.

With President Trump’s persistent criticism of the FBI and DOJ, and of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Brand has attracted attention as the person who would have been likely to take over that role, had Rosenstein left the job.

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