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Rachel Brand, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing to be Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Sitting next to her is Rod Rosenstein. March 7, 2017.Rachel Brand, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing to be Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. Sitting next to her is Rod Rosenstein. March 7, 2017. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the second-in-command at Main Justice, faced mounting pressure Friday to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Enter Rachel Brand, the first woman to ever serve in the No. 3 role of associate attorney general, who now finds herself next in line to oversee that investigation. But only if Rosenstein steps aside.

President Donald Trump acknowledged Friday he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice for his ouster of FBI Director James Comey, and he suggested Rosenstein’s partly to blame. Rosenstein wrote a memo outlining the case against Comey, and then picked Robert Mueller III to lead the Russia investigation. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director! Witch Hunt,” Trump declared Friday in a tweet.

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