Justice department's no 3 official to take Walmart's top legal job

Frederick Owens
February 11, 2018

He previously held the same position from February of 2017 until May 22nd, 2017, when Brand was officially appointed by President Donald Trump. That memo states that the person next in line is Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

Faulkner began the interview by asking whether Trump - who told reporters Friday that the allegations were "very sad" while reminding his audience that Porter "says he's innocent" - deserves "credit" for addressing the situation head on.

Rachel Brand is next in line behind Rod Rosenstein, who supervises Robert Mueller's investigation.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that the associate deputy attorney general (AG) of the US, their third highest ranking official, will be departing from the DOJ.

The New York Times first reported Friday that Brand is resigning after nine months on the job.

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The Walmart president and CEO, Doug McMillon, said Walmart "is fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company".

Another source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brand will go to work as an executive at Walmart, the world's largest retailer.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Brand clerked on the Massachusetts Supreme Court, and then on the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy. "She will always remain part of the Department of Justice family". A memo written by Republican lawmakers illustrates the criticism leveled against the Justice Department and the FBI's alleged misguided quest to find Trump administration ties in the Russian collusion.

Trump has needled Sessions publicly and in private, calling him the "beleagured" attorney general on Twitter last summer and lamenting that he had no one to protect him at the DOJ. And when I asked her to take the lead in the Department's efforts on Section 702 re-authorization, she made this her top priority and combined her expertise and gravitas to help pass legislation keeping this crucial national security tool. In her current capacity, she oversaw a number of politically challenging areas of the department, including the civil rights, antitrust and civil divisions. The law was reauthorized in January.

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