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· No. 3 Justice Department official leaving for Walmart
· Top Justice Department official Brand quit partly over fear she might be asked to oversee Russia probe
· At this York Co. Walmart, paying by phone fits into 'grocery store of the future' look
No. 3 Justice Department official leaving for Walmart
by Pete Williams, NBC News
Feb 9, 2018
Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's third-ranking official, is stepping down to take a job in the private sector.
The Justice Department announced her departure in a statement Friday night and Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Brand "a lawyer’s lawyer."
"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," Sessions said.
People in Brand's position, associate attorney general, come and go with little notice. But her planned departure attracted immediate attention, because she is next in line to take over supervision of Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were to quit or be fired.
Walmart said in a statement that Brand would serve as executive vice president, global governance and corporate secretary and that she will report to President and CEO Doug McMillon.
"We are fortunate to have a leader of Rachel Brand's stature join the company," McMillon said. "Her strong character, capabilities and experience will enable her to contribute broadly as we shape the future of Walmart and strive to serve our customers even more effectively."
A close friend of Brand said, "She's leaving, because she has the kind of job offer you don't turn down."
Brand plans to leave the government "in the next few weeks," which means she'll be stepping down after just shy of nine months on the job.
This is her second time in the Justice Department. From 2003 to 2007, she served in top policy positions during the George W. Bush administration.
As associate attorney general, she supervised the Department's civil components...
Top Justice Department official Brand quit partly over fear she might be asked to oversee Russia probe
by Julia Ainsley, NBC News
Feb 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department's No. 3 attorney had been unhappy with her job for months before the department announced her departure on Friday, according to multiple sources close to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.
Brand grew frustrated by vacancies at the department and feared she would be asked to oversee the Russia investigation, the sources said.
She will be leaving the Justice Department in the coming weeks to take a position with Walmart as the company's executive vice president of global governance and corporate secretary, a job change that had been in the works for some time, the sources said.
As far back as last fall, Brand had expressed to friends that she felt overwhelmed and unsupported in her job, especially as many key positions under her jurisdiction had still not been filled with permanent, Senate-confirmed officials.
Four of the 13 divisions overseen by the associate attorney general remain unfilled, including the civil rights division and the civil division, over one year into the Trump administration.
While Brand has largely stayed out of the spotlight, public criticism of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by President Donald Trump worried Brand that Rosenstein's job could be endanger.
Should Rosenstein be fired, Brand would be next in line to oversee Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, thrusting her into a political spotlight that Brand told friends she did not want to enter...
At this York Co. Walmart, paying by phone fits into 'grocery store of the future' look
Gordon Rago, York Daily Record (PA)
Feb. 8, 2018
Online shopping knows no bounds. Not even your grocery store's milk aisle.
If you're a shopper at Shrewsbury's Walmart, you can now use a cellphone app to scan items you're putting into your cart and then pay for them in the app.
This shouldn't come as a surprise as technology has made its presence felt in retail (think Amazon) and other companies.
Major retailer Kroger, for instance, has a similar offering called Scan, Bag and Go that it's rolling out at several hundred locations, according to a food industry analysis website FoodDive.com.
The Walmart Supercenter in Shrewsbury (698 Shrewsbury Commons Ave.) said on Thursday that its store has the scan and go app ready to go.
Shoppers can download the app on their phones. Or, if you don't have a phone, the store has handheld devices.
The company says it's easy to figure out: you scan the barcode and put the item in your shopping cart. Or, if there's no barcode, you can search the item on the app.
After paying, shoppers will show their receipt to an employee on the way out...