The Biggest Justice Department Official Yet Just Stepped Down

Posted February 11, 2018

Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Atty. News of Brand's departure came a week after Trump approved the release of a previously classified memo written by Republican lawmakers that portrayed the Russian Federation investigation, initially handled by the FBI and now headed by Mueller, as a product of political bias against Trump at the FBI and Justice Department. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. "Rod's had 27 years in the department, Rachel's had a number of years in the department previously, so they both represent the kind of quality and leadership we want in the department", Sessions continued. Speaking of FISA warrants - following the release of a memo that alleged the Federal Bureau of Investigation overstepped its bounds in using surveillance methods and that Rosenstein agreed to a FISA application to surveil Trump adviser Carter Page, Trump has implied he might fire Rosenstein. Following that she worked for former president Barack Obama in the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

Aside from heightened turnover at the agencies, they have also born the brunt of scrutiny over questions about their impartiality. The memo said the investigation was maligned by their political bias against Trump.

The Democrats wrote a rebuttal to the Republican memo.

Faulkner began the interview by asking whether Trump - who told reporters Friday that the allegations were "very sad" while reminding his audience that Porter "says he's innocent" - deserves "credit" for addressing the situation head on.

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Trump has focused his anger at the DOJ's top brass since the start of his administration.

"It really seems to have her name on it", Gorelick said. She was promptly fired.

Rosenstein oversees Mueller's investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter previous year. He has since been an occasional target of Trump's anger over the investigation.

News of Brand's departure was first reported by The New York Times.

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Brand, the associate attorney general who was confirmed last May, has been a prominent Trump administration official working on the reauthorizing of section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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".

Trump said the memo "totally vindicates" him in the investigation, which he described as an "American disgrace".

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