The Department of Justice's third-ranking official is planning to step down at a time of turmoil in the agency.
"She has the gravitas of being the third ranking official in the Department of Justice, but also the subject matter expertise on Section 702 from her time serving on the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board", Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, who leads the department's Office of Legislative Affairs, told CNN last month.
'She will always remain a part of the Department of Justice family'.
The department said Brand will be leaving her post in the coming weeks.
Ms. Brand now oversees a wide swath of the Justice Department, including the civil division, the civil rights division and the antitrust division.
"To keep us safe, our intelligence agencies must be able to "connect the dots" between the various pieces of information the government already lawfully possesses", Brand wrote. Brand on Friday lauded Sessions' "commitment to the rule of law".
Sessions applauded Brand for her service to the DOJ, calling her 'a lawyer's lawyer.
"The men and women of the Department of Justice impress me every day", she said.
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The New York Times did not say that Trump's attacks on the Mueller probe were the reason that Brand was resigning.
The White House said last week that Trump has no plans to fire Rosenstein. If Rosenstein resigned, that authority would have fallen to Brand under the department's succession line. That job would now fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in such a scenario.
The attacks have escalated in recent weeks as Republicans in Congress have criticised the handling by the Justice Department, FBI and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court of warrants for surveillance of a Trump campaign advisor, Carter Page, who had ties to Russian Federation. Brand will become global governance director at Walmart; it's the company's top legal position.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently praised Brand and his second-in-command, Rod Rosenstein, before the Devin Nunes memo was released on Friday.
Brand recently pushed Congress to renew a foreign intelligence surveillance program that gives the U.S. government authority to spy on foreigners located outside the country. It's unclear who will replace her.
"She felt this was an opportunity she couldn't turn down", Gorelick said.
"It really seems to have her name on it", Gorelick said.
Brand also served the DOJ under Barack Obama, and was a high-ranking official in the department under George W. Bush.