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US Justice Department's top official stepping down

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Rachel L. Brand, the third-highest-ranking at the US Justice Department, plans to resign after nine months on the job as the country's top law enforcement agency has been under attack by Donald Trump, officials said.

Brand, 44, would have been in line to take over the supervision of Robert S. Mueller III's investigation if Deputy Rod J. Rosenstein, the Department's No. 2 official, was fired by Trump or recused himself from the matter, reported on Friday.

Earlier reports said that the might sack Rosenstein.

Brand is leaving the Justice Department to join as the Executive Vice-for global governance, the company said.

She previously worked in the administrations of both Presidents and as the of the Justice Department's office of legal policy and as a member of an oversight board for privacy and civil liberties, reported.

The possibility of Brand being thrust into the investigation increased in recent weeks as Rosenstein came under political attack from Republicans for supporting the renewal of a surveillance warrant on a former Trump campaign

"I think it's a disgrace what's happening in our country," Trump said last week when he was asked about the release of a memo from Republicans on the claiming abuses in the investigation.

"A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves and much worse than that," Trump said.

He has also publicly attacked the FBI, which is a component of the Justice Department. He has blasted Jeff Sessions for recusing himself in the Russia investigation and turning it over to Rosenstein, who then appointed Mueller as



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 17:02 IST