DOJ National Security Prosecutor McCord to Quit

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Mary McCord, who has been helping oversee the Justice Department’s probe into Russian interference in the presidential election, is stepping down as acting head of the department’s national security division and leaving the federal government, The Intercept reports. It was not immediately clear who will take over for McCord.  She will be leaving at a time when DOJ is in disarray: nearly all U.S. Attorney positions remain unfilled, and Rod Rosenstein, President Trump’s nominee to be Sessions’s deputy, has not been confirmed.

McCord is a career civil servant who became acting assistant attorney general in charge of the national security division in October, when John Carlin, an Obama administration appointee, resigned. In that role, McCord was responsible for counterintelligence and counterterrorism investigations at Justice. “Any major investigation related to counter-intelligence or cyber-related counter-intelligence would fall under Mary’s leadership,” said Luke Dembosky, who served as deputy assistant attorney general at the national security division until last spring.

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