The No. 3 Official at the Justice Department Is Stepping Down. Here's Why You Should Care.

By: Kayla Pasacreta

Friday's have a way of marking themselves as tumultuous in the Trump Administration. Since the wee hours of Friday started in a  government shutdown, it's no surprise today hasn't been shaping up as a slow news day. Rachel Brand, the third highest ranking official at the Department of Justice, is stepping down after just nine months. Brand is off to take Walmart's top legal position of global governance director. Her resignation comes just two weeks after the one of FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Both resignations have come amid public, heated tensions between the Department of Justice, FBI, and the Trump White House.

Rachel Brand, photo via  Reuters

Rachel Brand, photo via Reuters

Brand's position made her next in line to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is currently in charge of overseeing Mueller's special counsel. Trump will get to pick Brand's replacement. 

Just last week, Donald Trump implied that he might fire Rosenstein. When asked about the possibility of firing Rosentein, Trump responded, "You figure that one out." In recent days, Trump has been extremely publicly critical of the FBI and DOJ, and still calls the Russia probe nothing more than a political witch hunt.

 So, if Trump were to fire Rosenstein - and he gets to pick Brand's successor - the overseer of the Russia probe could very well also be a non-believer of Russian collusion.

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