DOJ's No. 3 Quits Over Fear of Being Handed Russia Probe

NYET Associated Attorney General Rachel Brand was concerned about potentially taking over oversight of the Russia probe sources told NBC News

Her friends told reporters that Brand simply received an unbeatable offer from the company, but Brand's decision led many to speculate that President Trump's relentless assault on the agency, which he has accused of trying to undermine him, was driving out respected, established lawyers. Friar becomes the 12 member of the board and will also serve as a member of the company's Audit Committee and Strategic Planning and Finance Committee.

Brand will be joining Walmart as the executive vice president, global governance and corporate secretary, according to a statement from the company.

Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores shot back: 'It is clear these anonymous sources have never met Rachel Brand let alone know her thinking. "We have strengthened our governance capabilities and Rachel will help us continue on that journey".

Brand, 44, would have been in line to take over the supervision of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation if Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the Department's No. 2 official, was sacked by Trump or recused himself from the matter, the New York Times reported on Friday. 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.

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Brand, No. 3 in the Justice Department, announced her resignation Friday. As Associate Attorney General, Brand oversaw thousands of attorneys and professionals across the department's civil law divisions, including Antitrust, Tax and Environment and Natural Resources. "She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, clerked at the Supreme Court, she worked at the White House, in academia, and has served in leadership positions spanning three administrations".

According to NBC News, Brand was concerned that Trump would fire Rosenstein and leave her in charge of overseeing Mueller's probe, a highly visible position that Brand did not want.

"From raising wages to leading important sustainability initiatives, Walmart is one of the few businesses able to effect meaningful, positive change on a global scale", Friar said.

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