Donald Trump Confirms: Don McGahn Leaving the White House in the Fall

30 August, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The White House counsel, Don McGahn, may leave the Trump administration in short order after cooperating extensively with the special counsel's investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing from President Donald Trump.

McGahn's departure had been expected as the White House enters the fall elections and looks to win confirmation for Kavanaugh, the president's second opportunity to place his imprint on the Supreme Court.

While the Times presented McGahn's cooperation as "unusual", Trump tweeted that it was all a part of the unprecedented level of transparency his administration has had with regards to the Russian Federation investigation.

News of McGahn's departure comes after it was revealed he was questioned by Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" investigation.

Mr Trump made the announcement on Twitter, ending widespread speculation about Mr McGahn, who will be the latest in a long list of high-ranking advisers to leave Mr Trump's side.

While McGahn had been a lawyer for Trump's 2016 campaign, the recent revelation that he had spent 30 hours testifying for Special Counsel Robert Mueller stunned many in Washington. Mueller's team is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice in trying to end the investigation.

McGahn had openly expressed his frustrations regarding his frayed relationship with the president and had signaled his desire to leave the White House months ago.


"Senator Grassley has admired Mr. McGahn's work over the last two years and has considered him integral to the President's record-breaking success on filling judicial vacancies", the spokesman said.

But McGahn had not discussed his plans with Trump, the paper reported.

McGahn played a role in Trump's selection of both Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch as candidates for the Supreme Court.

What to know about White House Counsel Don McGahn and why he's making headlines when it comes to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. "U can't let that happen", Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted.

His replacement is likely to be Emmett Flood, an attorney who worked with Bill Clinton to rebut impeachment proceedings.

The New Jersey native had been a partner at Jones Day, one of the world's largest law firms.

McGahn previously served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission and as a counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee before joining Trump's orbit as general counsel to the president's 2016 campaign.

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