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Top national security official leaving Justice

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s top national security official is leaving her position next month.

Mary McCord told the staff of the department’s national security division this week she is leaving to go to other options. Her departure comes as she leads the department’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign had ties with Russia is meddling in the 2016 election. And it creates a big vacancy at a time when a number of important functions within the department remain to be filled.

A former federal prosecutor, McCord had to act as head of the national security division since October. The unit supervises cases involving terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other threats to national security.

In her memo, McCord to not disclose what they intend to do, apart from spending time with her family.

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