BREAKING: The Department of Justice is in a state of complete chaos right now. President Donald Trump made an announcement that has sent shockwaves throughout not just DC — but the entire nation.
The Department of Justice third ranking official just announced that she is stepping down at a time of turmoil in the agency.
Daily Mail reported that Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand announced on Friday that she is leaving the DOJ for the top legal job at Walmart.
“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,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family.”
A press release on the DOJ website said that Brand will leave her position “in the coming weeks.”
“The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day,” Brand said, also in the statement. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish over my time here. I want to thank Attorney General Sessions for his leadership over this Department. I’ve seen firsthand his commitment to the rule of law and to keeping the American people safe.”
Sessions praised Brand for her time at the DOJ, calling her “a lawyer’s lawyer.”
“As Associate Attorney General, [Brand] has played a critical role in helping us accomplish our goals as a Department—taking on human trafficking, protecting free speech on campus, and fighting sexual harassment in public housing,” he said. “When I asked her to take the lead in the Department’s efforts on Section 702 re-authorization, she made this her top priority and combined her expertise and gravitas to help pass legislation keeping this crucial national security tool. Rachel has shown real leadership over many important divisions at the Department.”
This comes as the DOJ has been subject to accusations of bias by President Donald Trump, related to its early stages of investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Brand’s decision to leave the DOJ is interesting because had she stayed, she could have been in line to assume a key role in the Trump-Russia investigation.
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