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On February 2, just hours before Trump approved the memo's release, Sessions praised Rosenstein and Brand, saying they "represent the kind of quality and leadership that we want in the department".

But, amid Trump's recent attacks against the Justice Department, Sessions announced late Friday that Brand is leaving for a job in the private sector.

The associate attorney general's impending resignation comes amid turmoil at the Justice Department, as the president continues to feud with the agency, which oversees the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a statement, Brand said she is proud of the department's accomplishments during her short time there.

Brand, a Supreme Court Clerk under Justice Anthony Kennedy, eminent conservative litigator, George Mason University law professor, and political appointee under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was confirmed to her post in the Trump administration in May. Brand would likely have taken over-because of the fact that Attorney General Jeff Session has recused himself from the investigation.

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3 official at the Justice Department, is stepping down after less than nine months in the job, according to a person familiar with the matter. At that event, Mr. Sessions thanked her for her "strong leadership as our third in command at the department".

Trump has reportedly considered firing both Mueller and Rosenstein at times. The reason for her departure is unclear, and her exit caught senior Justice Department officials by surprise.

'She felt this was an opportunity she couldn't turn down, ' Gorelick told the Associated Press. She had been appointed to serve in the past three presidential administrations.

Most recently, in late January, Andrew McCabe - the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - announced that he will be stepping down from his post after months of intense criticism from Trump.

Ms. Brand now oversees a wide swath of the Justice Department, including the civil division, the civil rights division and the antitrust division.

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