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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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 BarrTrump prizes loyalty over competence — we are seeing the results Rep. Raúl Grijalva tests positive for COVID-19 'Unmasking' Steele dossier source: Was confidentiality ever part of the deal? 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.