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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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 BarrWilliam Pelham BarrHillicon Valley: Pelosi works to remove legal protections for tech companies from USMCA | Treasury sanctions Russian group over 0 million hack | Facebook sues Chinese individuals for ad fraud | Huawei takes legal action against FCC Biden gets in testy exchange in Iowa: 'You're a damn liar' Huawei to sue US over new FCC restrictions 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.