Justice Department's third-highest ranking official resigns

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The Devin Nunes memo put out by House Republicans last week was seen as a possible pretext for Trump to get rid of Rosenstein, which would leave Brand in charge - a possibility that has seemed to appeal to Trump in the past.

'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, ' Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, in the statement.

Right now, the Mueller investigation is overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

President Donald Trump dodges reporters' questions about the future of deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Feb. 2.

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A source familiar with Brand's plans said she is going to accept a job with Walmart.

With Brand's departure, Solicitor General Noel Francisco is next in line at the Justice Department to oversee the Russian Federation investigation after Rosenstein. Trump admitted to the New York Times previous year that he would not have picked Sessions as his attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself.

Currie Gunn, Brand's assistant, has also left the department, according to The Times. Rachel has shown real leadership over many important divisions at the Department'.

Firing Rosenstein would be a colossal move by Trump. But the paper noted that if Trump fired Rosenstein, it would place Brand in Trump's crosshairs as she took on oversight of the investigation.

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The Department of Justice's third-ranking official is planning to step down at a time of turmoil in the agency. She was appointed to that post by then-President Barack Obama.

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".

Last summer on Twitter, Trump called Sessions "beleaguered" and "very weak, and at a news conference in the Rose Garden said he was "disappointed in Sessions".

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