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Vanita Gupta To Step Down From Post As Third-Ranking Justice Dept. Official 

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Third-ranking Justice Department official Vanita Gupta, is stepping down from her position early next year. Gupta, also an associate attorney general, is famous for her stance on the right paths of history. She is a frontrunner on police accountability, abortion rights, and antitrust issues. 

Third-ranking Justice Department official, Vanita Gupta
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Gupta is also one of the most trusted officials in the department. She oversaw a case that provided more than $5 billion in federal public safety and criminal justice grants. She has also overseen several civil litigations, ensuring justice is served each time. 

Also, she is not new to the justice system. The 49-year-old has worked under Attorney General Merrick Garland for the past decade, proving her worth every time. In fact, her role as associate attorney general is the second office she held at the justice department. Her initial role was overseeing the civil rights division from 2014 to 3027. 

She excelled at this during the Obama administration, and it was a no-brainer when Biden nominated her when he got into office. However, the Republicans did not entirely approve of Gupta, even as she led a nonprofit rights coalition during Trump’s tenure. This is because they believe she would only cater to the demands of Democrats. 

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However, Gupta continued to prove them wrong at every turn. In 2022, she led a Justice Department reproductive rights task force fighting protection for access to abortion. Her superior, Garland, always has something good to say about her and her performance in the office. 

He said in a recent statement, “Vanita’s commitment to the pursuit of justice and her relentless focus on bringing people together to find common ground has made her an incredibly effective leader in dealing with some of the most complex challenges facing the American people.” 

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Gupta’s hard work is clear to everyone, so why is she stepping down? According to reports, she is leaving as the agency faces critical tests heading into a presidential election year. Things might get messy, and it seems like Gupta would prefer to leave with a clean slate. 

Several legal cases might shake the nation early next year with their outcomes. The most significant are the two felony charges Donald Trump is facing. Federal prosecutors also charged Hunter Biden, the president’s son, with tax fraud and gun-related charges. The Justice Department and the public highly prioritize these two high-profile cases. 

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Gupta definitely made her mark in the department with her major moves. She fought against the separation of migrant families from their children, which was a common practice under the Trump administration. She also ensured that officers understood consent decrees, giving them clearer guidance. Throughout her stay in the office, she has gotten accolades from various people because of her good work. 

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According to Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, Gupta always helped to “find a way out.” She also has the support of many police unions and high-profile police chiefs who believe she is making significant changes. 

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