Trump's pick for No. 3 position at DOJ withdraws

President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE's nominee for the third highest position at the Department of Justice withdrew herself from consideration Thursday.

Instead of becoming the associate attorney general, Jessie Liu will instead become chairwoman of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of United States Attorneys .

“Jessie Liu is one of the finest, most impressive people serving in the Department of Justice. She has been an outstanding United States Attorney and would have made an outstanding Associate Attorney General," Attorney General William BarrBill BarrPolitics in the Department of Justice can be a good thing Majority of Republicans say 2020 election was invalid: poll Biden administration withdraws from Connecticut transgender athlete case MORE said in a statement.


"I have zero doubt she would have faithfully executed my priorities and advanced my rule-of-law agenda. Because I need Jessie to play a broader role in the Department, I am appointing her forthwith to be chairwoman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.” 

Liu would have replaced Rachel Brand, who stepped down last year to take a top legal position at Walmart. 

It is not immediately clear who will fill that role instead.

Liu, currently a U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, previously worked for the DOJ under former President George W. Bush.