The No. 3 official at the Justice Department, Rachel L. Brand, is deciding to step down and resign after only nine months on the job, according to the New York Times.
At least two people close to her decision say it is because she has continued to be under attack by President Trump. It wasn’t elaborated as to what that attack was.
Ms. Brand’s assistant, Currie Gunn, has also decided to leave, and both cannot be reached for comment.
Brand was next in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. It’s said that Trump and his administration were looking at possibly firing deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, which would have then put Brand in charge.
Now that Brand is leaving, Trump’s replacement for Brand can hypothetically oversee Mueller’s probe into Trump if the president still decides to fire Rosenstein. If that’s the case, that would certainly bring further scrutiny to the Russia investigation.
— ZioNLight (@ZioNLight1) February 9, 2018
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