• Walmart announced on Friday that it has hired Rachel Brand, the Associate Attorney General in the US Department of Justice, the third-ranked official there, to be its new Executive Vice President, Global Governance and Corporate Secretary, responsible for the Walmart’s Legal, Global Ethics and Compliance and Global Investigation, Security, Aviation and Travel departments, along with her role as corporate secretary.

Brand begins her new job on April 2. She succeeds Jeff Gearhart, who retired last month.

The hiring of Brand got a lot more publicity than it might have in less tumultuous times. As the third-ranked official at Justice, Brand would’ve been next in line to oversee the special counsel’s investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election if President Donald Trump decided to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who currently oversees the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself.

KC's View: Brand joined the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration, and was appointed to her current role by President Trump. So she’s a Republican appointee with a solid GOP pedigree. Can’t imagine why she wants to get the hell out of DC.