US Justice Department's No. 3 official to resign

US Justice Department's No. 3 official to resign

Brand, a Harvard Law School graduate who once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, is a conservative who first served in the department under President George W. Bush.

Trump, who has openly lamented his inability to influence Justice Department decisions, has stepped up his criticism in recent weeks, fueled by the release of a politically explosive memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance powers in the Russian Federation investigation.

"She has the gravitas of being the third ranking official in the Department of Justice, but also the subject matter expertise on Section 702 from her time serving on the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, who leads the department's Office of Legislative Affairs, told CNN last month. "She 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", Attorney General Jeff Sessions says in a statement.

Trump's broadsides have strained morale at the institution, which has always been praised for its independence from the White House. If Rosenstein were to be fired or otherwise vacate his position, Brand, as associate attorney general, would have been in line to step into that role. That job would now fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco. Rachel will take over the top legal position over at Walmart and become the company's global governance director, according to those briefed of her decision to leave the Trump administration.

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The FBI has said McCabe was not involved at that point in the federal investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. The Federalist Society just announced Friday that Brand, as associate attorney general, is scheduled to speak next week at a Washington chapter lunch.

In her current capacity, she oversaw a number of politically challenging areas of the department, including the civil rights, antitrust and civil divisions.

"It really seems to have her name on it", Gorelick said. "She will always remain part of the Department of Justice family".

In an op-ed in The Washington Post a year ago, Ms. Brand argued that the law "has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation's security" and that law enforcement officers would be "at risk" without it. Congress voted to extend that law, Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, last month. It's unclear who will replace her.

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