Se­nate con­firms Brand for No. 3 DOJ post

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drea Noble

The Se­nate voted 52-46 along party lines Thurs­day to con­firm Rachel Brand to the No. 3 po­si­tion at the Jus­tice De­part­ment.

Ms. Brand, who has pre­vi­ously served in both the White House and the Jus­tice De­part­ment, was con­firmed as as­so­ciate at­tor­ney gen­eral — mak­ing her the first woman to hold the job.

In the po­si­tion, she will have over­sight of the de­part­ment’s ef­forts on civil and civil rights mat­ters as well as the an­titrust, tax and en­vi­ron­ment and nat­u­ral re­sources di­vi­sions.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions wel­comed Ms. Brand back to the Jus­tice De­part­ment on Thurs­day, call­ing her a “bril­liant lawyer” and a “ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant.”

Democrats op­posed her con­fir­ma­tion, ques­tion­ing whether she could re­main un­bi­ased in her role given her prior work de­fend­ing busi­ness in­ter­ests at the U.S. Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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