Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

DOJ Third In Charge Is Leaving Soon For New Job

DOJ Third In Charge Is Leaving Soon For New Job

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.

Brand could have found herself on the hot seat if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The third-highest ranking official at the Department of Justice - who would oversee the federal Russian Federation investigation if President Donald Trump were to fire deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - is planning to resign, the New York Times reported Friday.

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Ms. Brand, who has previously served in both the White House and the Justice Department, was confirmed by the Senate in May.

Neither Brand nor a justice department spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

The New York Times first reported her resignation Friday afternoon. Still, that she would leave after just nine months in the administration suggests that conflict has destabilized the upper echelons of the Justice Department.

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Brand was in position to inherit oversight of the Mueller probe if the department's number two, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is forced out. 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.

When asked if he was considering firing Rosenstein after the memo's release last Friday, Trump said, "You figure that one out". But if he was let go, that would have left Brand next in line to oversee Mueller's investigation, among Rosenstein's other responsibilities.

In 2012, president Barack Obama appointed her to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which reviewed the legality of the surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, especially its data collection on USA citizens, which Brand defended. "I was proud to work for her in the Bush administration when she ran the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy and was proud to call her a colleague at [George Mason University's] Scalia Law School", national security expert and adjunct law professor Jamil Jaffer told NPR. She supervised the department's civil, antitrust and environmental divisions, among others.

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