No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down
By Katie Benner

Feb. 9, 2018

WASHINGTON — Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, 
plans to step down after nine months on the job as the country’s top law 
enforcement agency has been under attack by President Trump, according to two 
people briefed on her decision.

Ms. Brand’s profile had risen in part because she is next in the line of 
succession behind the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who is 
overseeing the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian influence in the 2016 
election. Mr. Trump, who has called the investigation a witch hunt, has 
considered firing Mr. Rosenstein.

Such a move could have put her in charge of the special counsel and, by 
extension, left her in the cross hairs of the president.

Ms. Brand, who became the associate attorney general in May 2017, is leaving 
for a job as general counsel in the private sector. She has held politically 
appointed positions at the Justice Department over the past three presidential 

In her current job, she reports directly to Mr. Rosenstein and Jeff Sessions, 
the attorney general, who has recused himself from the Russia investigation.

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