The No. 3 official at the Justice Department, Rachel L. Brand, is planning to step down after nine months on the job.
The Country’s head law enforcement agency has apparently been under attack by the POTUS. With Ms. Brand being the next in the line of succession behind the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, her profile has risen. Rod J. Rosenstein is the man overseeing the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian influence during the 2016 Presidential elections.
Now that President Trump has called the entire investigation a witch hunt, he has considered firing Mr. Rosenstein. This new move is exactly what will put Rachel Brand head of the special counsel and also leave her in the cross hairs of President Trump.
According to fbnewscycle:
The New York Times has reported that Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, will be stepping down only nine months after being appointed next in line to Deputy Attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.
The significance of this can’t be overstated.
With Rosenstein under fire for his role in orchestrating the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions having recused himself, it is not beyond reason that Brand could’ve found herself in charge of special counsel Robert Mueller.
President Trump appointed Brand to her current position following a distinguished decade and a half career with the DOJ that began under President Bush.
Despite the potentially high profile opportunity Brand chose to get out now. Why?
It’s likely Brand’s exit is more evidence that she has examined the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Nunes) memo, and the findings of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as the letter recently sent by the Senate’s Judiciary committee that makes a criminal referral to both the FBI and the DOJ based on FISA violations, and that she decided this was a coming shitstorm she didn’t want to be caught in the middle of.
Is Brand’s resignation a sign that there is a looming holocaust about to hit the Justice Department?
Brand likely decided to get out before she became radioactive from the fallout and chose to take a cushy job as global governance director at Walmart, the company’s top legal position.
No one can blame her – draining the D.C. swamp will be a Herculean feat.