DOJ Official Left Out Of Concern She'd Have To Oversee Russia Probe

Rachel Brand in March 2017

DOJ Official Left Out Of Concern She'd Have To Oversee Russia Probe

Brand, the first woman to serve as associate attorney General, was sworn into office May 22, 2017.

Were Rosenstein to get fired or to be forced into recusing himself - he also played a role in Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey - Brand would oversee a probe that has already led to conspiracy and money laundering charges against two top former Trump campaign officials. "Her strong character, capabilities and experience will enable her to contribute broadly as we shape the future of Walmart and strive to serve our customers even more effectively".

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The Justice Department announced Friday evening that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand will be leaving her job in the coming weeks to take a position in the private sector.

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Trump has called the probe a 'witch hunt, ' fired Comey, blasted Federal Bureau of Investigation lovers who exchanged anti-Trump texts, and taunted former deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe, while also occasionally going after attorney general Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein online.

While people close to Brand say the job was simply too good to turn down, the politics and conflicts surrounding the Russian Federation investigation undoubtedly had to influence her decision. Plus, Jimmy Gurule, a professor at Notre Dame University Law School, discusses President Trump's decision not to release a democrat-authored memo from the House Intelligence Committee, which rebuts a memo written by committee chairman Devin Nunes that was released in January. "It is clear that these anonymous sources have never met Rachel Brand let alone know her thinking". But because officials in "acting" capacities do not count in the Justice Department order of succession, it's unclear if Panuccio would have the authority to fire Mueller. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 19. If Rosenstein is no longer in his role, that person would likely be tasked with overseeing the Mueller probe.

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Brand said in a statement, "I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here".

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