Rachel Brand, No 3 justice department official, reportedly planning to resign

Casey Dawson
February 10, 2018

The No 3 official at the U.S. justice department, Rachel Brand, is planning to resign, it was reported on Friday. Her departure was first reported by the New York Times. The Federalist Society just announced Friday that Brand, as associate attorney general, is scheduled to speak next week at a Washington chapter lunch.

Brand attracted interest because of her potential to assume a key role in the Trump-Russia investigation.

From 2012 to 2017, Brand filled a Republican seat on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a panel that advises the president and other top officials about counterterrorism policy.

Trump could use a 1998 law on executive branch vacancies to appoint a temporary replacement of his choice, as long as that person was an experienced Justice Department employee or another administration official already confirmed by the Senate.

When Trump was asked by a reporter whether he was then more likely to fire Rosenstein and whether he had confidence in him, Trump replied "you figure that one out".

'I know the entire Department of Justice will miss her, but we join together in congratulating her on this new opportunity in the private sector, ' Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, in the statement. 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.

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But the White House denied that there would be any changes made at the Justice Department later that evening.

Rosenstein oversees Mueller's investigation because Sessions recused himself from the matter previous year. Trump admitted to the New York Times previous year that he would not have picked Sessions as his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself. Spokespeople for the Justice Department did not immediately respond to TPM's inquiry about the report.

Trump's broadsides have strained morale at the institution, which has always been praised for its independence from the White House.

Brand has kept a very low profile at the department, but in December she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post defending the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits the National Security Agency to collect foreign intelligence on USA soil without individualized warrants. She has been seen as a rising star within the conservative legal world.

The Justice Department declined to comment. 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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