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UPDATE: Justice Department's third-in-command Rachel Brand is leaving: N.Y. Times2-9-18 5:21 PM EST

Rachel Brand, the No. 3-ranking official behind Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, plans to leave her post after nine months on the job, the New York Times reported ( late Friday. Her profile has risen in recent weeks amid speculation about the future of Rosenstein, who tapped Robert Mueller to lead an investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and contacts with the Trump campaign and who has been criticized by President Trump, who has also lashed out at Sessions for recusing himself from oversight of the Russia probe. If Rosenstein were to be fired or otherwise vacate his position, Brand, as associate attorney general, would have been in line to step into that role.

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