Her role at the Justice Department was doubly important because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation, given his role with the Trump campaign.
The No. 3 official at the Justice Department will be stepping down after less than a year, leaving a key vacancy in the succession of people who are tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
A friend close to Brand told CNN she wasn't looking to leave and said she was offered the type of job you "don't turn down" at a fortune 500 company.
Asked last Friday after the memo's release whether he still had confidence in Rosenstein, Trump responded, "You figure that one out", raising the specter he might fire the deputy attorney general. His broadsides have strained morale at the institution known for its vaunted independence from the White House.
Sessions praised Brand in a statement, saying she had "shown real leadership over many important divisions at the department".
Her apparent upcoming departure could potentially change the course of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian tampering and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. That job would now fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in such a scenario.More news: Tom Hardy Can't Stop Brooding In First Venom Trailer
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Brand was in position to inherit oversight of the Mueller probe if the department's number two, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is forced out.
The third-ranking official in the Department of Justice-who would oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was sacked, resigns or recuses himself-is reportedly stepping down. And she had been vocal about the department's efforts to support students who say their free speech rights are being violated on college campuses.
Brand has kept a very low profile at the department, but in December she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post defending the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which permits the National Security Agency to collect foreign intelligence on USA soil without individualized warrants.
Brand recently pushed Congress to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program that gives the USA government authority to spy on foreigners located outside the country. Rosenstein has been overseeing the probe because Sessions, who had worked on the Trump campaign, recused himself. Walmart sought Brand to be head of global corporate governance at the retail giant, a position Gorelick said has legal and policy responsibilities that will cater to her strengths.
Brand has one of the department's more politically challenging jobs, managing the lawyers who litigate civil issues, including Trump's travel ban as well as civil rights, environmental and antitrust cases.
'It really seems to have her name on it'. "She will always remain part of the Department of Justice family".