2017, the President asked Staff Secretary Rob Porter what he thought of Associate Attorney General Rachel
Brand.739 Porter recalled that the President asked him if Brand was good, tough, and “on the team.”740
The President also asked if Porter thought Brand was interested in being responsible for the Special
Department of Justice AttemerWerlePredueH/ to be Attorney General one day.741 Because Porter knew Brand
by Porter show that the President told Porter to “Keep in touch with your friend,” in reference to Brand
.743 Later, the President asked Porter a few times in passing whether he had spoken to Brand, but Porter
ﬁre the Special Counsel, although the President never said so explicitly.745 Porter did not contact Brand
Because of Sessions’s recusal, if Rosenstein were no longer in his position, Brand would, by default,
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