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

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On Friday, she announced she was leaving her post for a position at Walmart.

Blitzer went on to point out that should Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the second highest-ranking official at the department, be fired or forced to resign, Brand would have been in charge of deciding whether or not to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Brand, 44, has held the Senate-confirmed position since May 22.

The list of people who were either fired or resigned from their posts because of their involvement in the Russian Federation probe includes: former FBI Director James Comey and his chief of staff, former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI General Counsel James Baker, FBI assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, and Justice Department Counterintelligence and Export Control Section David Laufman. Before that, she was a clerk for Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy.

Jesse Panuccio, who has been the principal deputy associate attorney general under Brand, will likely temporarily take her spot.

"We are fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company", McMillon said.

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But it suggests that Brand thinks there's a decent chance that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who now supervises the investigation, might be fired by President Trump, a move that would leave her in charge. Brand previously served as assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy in the George W. Bush administration and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. I want to thank Attorney General Sessions for his leadership over this Department.

Next in line at the Justice Department is Solicitor General Noel Francisco. Because one of those officials is "acting", only Robert Higdon, the US attorney in North Carolina, and Erin Cox, the USA attorney in Texas, would be eligible.

President Donald Trump criticized Rosenstein for supporting the renewal of a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign adviser.

Rosenstein was mentioned in the controversial memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes that was released earlier this month.

"A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that", Trump said.