No. 3 in command at the Justice Department will be soon stepping down: Source

Rachel Brand, associate attorney general, is number three in command at DOJ

Brand remains on the job at DOJ, but has accepted a job as general counsel at a Fortune 50 company.

Brand would likely have taken over since Attorney General Jeff Session has recused himself from the investigation.

Brand is also the first woman to serve as associate attorney general. Former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama both previously appointed her to federal government positions.

She grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Minnesota, Morris and graduated from Harvard Law School.

In 2005, she was confirmed by the Senate as the assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Policy, a position she left two years later.

She then went to work for the law firm Wilmer Hale — a firm that also once employed Mueller and other attorneys on his team.

In a statement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Brand "a lawyer’s lawyer".

"Rachel has shown real leadership over many important divisions at the Department," he said. "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. She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family.”

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