Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand of the Justice Department has stepped down to take a job with Walmart.
Brand was apparently fearful that she would have to oversee the Russia investigation if President Donald Trump decided to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, possibly attracting unwanted public attention to her.
Brand was also frustrated with vacancies in the department.
Trump had hinted to reporters that he might fire Rosenstein after reading the controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes.
After months of dissatisfaction with her job, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the third-most important attorney at the Justice Department, stepped down from her position on Friday, reportedly pointing to a host of frustrations — and personal fears — about the future of the department under President Donald Trump’s administration.
Brand, who was one of the most powerful officials within the department behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was afraid that she would be forced to oversee the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia if Rosenstein was fired by Trump, NBC News reported, although her exit had been months in the making.
Rosenstein has been officially responsible for managing the Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert …read more
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