A former Central Intelligence Agency official who was law school classmates with newly-resigned Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand explained to an MSNBC panel Friday afternoon that her departure may precede that of the deputy attorney general.
Unlike her two immediate superiors, Sessions and Rosenstein, Brand has largely avoided the public ire of President Donald Trump, who has not criticized her conduct in his not-uncommon pronouncements about conduct at DOJ.
In a statement, Brand said she is proud of the department's accomplishments during her short time there.
Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand is leaving the DOJ for the top legal job at Walmart, a press release on the department's website confirmed Friday. Brand's assistant has also left the Justice Department. At that event, Mr. Sessions thanked her for her "strong leadership as our third in command at the department". "I know the entire Department of Justice will miss her, but we join together in congratulating her on this new opportunity in the private sector". She received a job offer she could not turn down, according to NBC.
Brand holds an extensive portfolio overseeing the Department's antitrust and civil rights divisions.
According to the Washington Examiner, "The announcement Friday arrives following last week's release of a controversial House Intelligence Committee memo that outlines alleged surveillance authority abuse by the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation".
Before her confirmation in May, she served for five years on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an appointee of President Obama. Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who received some of the fiercest of Trump's attacks, was reportedly pushed out of the bureau last week.