Top Official at Justice Department Is Leaving

“Rachel 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,” the New York Times reports.

“Ms. Brand’s profile had risen in part because she is next in the line of succession behind the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 election. Mr. Trump, who has called the investigation a witch hunt, has considered firing Mr. Rosenstein.”

“Such a move could have put her in charge of the special counsel and, by extension, left her in the cross hairs of the president.”

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