Another DOJ official bows out following FISA memo controversy as Rachel Brand announces she will be stepping down.
Currently members of both the DOJ and FBI stand accused of spying for the Obama administration and Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential elections. Public knowledge and therefore scrutiny against the two government organizations has grown to a boiling point and it really is no surprise that officials are jumping ship. Rachel Brand was looking at a rather promising opportunity as next in line for Deputy Attorney General yet opted to step down just nine months afternoon receiving the career enhancing news. One can only assume Brand would rather resign than be put in charge of the sure backlash that is to come.
The New York Times has reported that Rachel L. Brand, the No. 3 official at the Justice Department, will be stepping down only nine months after being appointed next in line to Deputy Attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.
President Trump appointed Brand to her current position following a distinguished decade and a half career with the DOJ that began under President Bush.
Despite the potentially high profile opportunity Brand chose to get out now. Why?
It’s likely Brand’s exit is more evidence that she has examined the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (Nunes) memo, and the findings of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, as well as the letter recently sent by the Senate’s Judiciary committee that makes a criminal referral to both the FBI and the DOJ based on FISA violations, and that she decided this was a coming shitstorm she didn’t want to be caught in the middle of.