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No. 3 Justice Department official steps down

The third-in-command at the Department of Justice, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, is leaving her job, the DOJ announced Friday evening. Brand is moving into a new role as executive vice president of global governance for Walmart. She was confirmed by the Senate for the Justice Department position in May, just nine months ago.

Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, Brand's former role is next in line to supervise the investigation should President Trump fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Behind closed doors, Trump has reportedly proposed firing Rosenstein on multiple occasions.