Benjamin Wittes, the editor-in-chief of Lawfare and a personal friend of departing Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said he was taken "totally by surprise" when she resigned abruptly on Friday — but that he's glad she's getting out of dodge.
"It took me totally by surprise," Wittes told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow Friday night.
He spoke to Brand after the news broke and she reportedly told him that she was not forced out or leaving in protest, but because she got a job offer with Walmart.
"Those of us who are friends of hers and wish her well are, I'm sure I'm not the only one who's relieved on her behalf she will not be there when, you know, when the apocalypse comes" he said, referencing growing suspicions that President Donald Trump may soon fire Brand's former superior, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Watch below, via MSNBC: