One month ago, Rachel Brand stepped down unexpectedly from her position as the number 3 person at the DOJ. Her name has just resurfaced in connection with the recent email hack of the Republican Party’s deputy national finance chairperson, Elliott Broidy. The article below focuses primarily on the dubious actions of Broidy, but I actually find the Rachel Brand connection to be the most interesting thread.
The hacked emails reveal that in 2017, Broidy and his wife were trying to set up a very shady deal by which they would receive $75 million dollars if they persuaded the DOJ to call off its attempts to recover more than $1 billion that the Prime Minister of Malaysia had misappropriated from a Malaysian bank.
In January of 2018, Broidy emailed notes to himself regarding the negotiations surrounding the deal. Here’s where Brand enters the story; Broidy writes: “I am in the process of scheduling a meeting with the assistant attorney general who has the oversight for the Malaysia case. She is a Trump appointee and can be helpful.” The HuffPost article points out that Broidy is most likely referring to Brand even though her title at the time was “associate attorney general,” not “assistant.” The HuffPost further asserts that it has another document which corroborates that Broidy is indeed referring to Brand.
This is all still very sketchy. It’s not known if a meeting with Brand ever materialized and, if it did, Brand’s reaction to Broidy’s proposal is not known. But the timing is telling. Maybe Brand just got fed up with all the shady business surrounding Trump and decided to bail, or, then again, maybe she knew nothing at all about this and when the lucrative Walmart offer popped up she just decided it was too tempting to turn down. At this point, who knows? I hope we find out.
One more note: Rick Gates is also mentioned briefly in connection with this mysterious mess. The web of associations between all these players and events is becoming mind boggling!