White House Counsel Don McGahn Leaving Soon

Posted August 30, 2018

The president tweeted that Mr McGahn would depart after the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee in the autumn.

According to the New York Times, McGahn threatened to quit in June 2017 rather than carry out Trump's directive to fire Mueller, just weeks after he was named.

In today's installment of I Alone Can Tweet It, President Donald Trump's announcement of Don McGahn's departure today was apparently not something McGahn was aware of ahead of time.

The announcement drew attention from Iowa Republican Sen.

In July, McGahn was chosen to reprise that role, overseeing Trump's selection of Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley urged Trump to keep his White House counsel on board.

As members of Trump's legal team looked into potential conflicts of interest involving Mueller, Trump directed McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to raise the perceived conflicts and push for Mueller's ouster, a person familiar with the matter said at the time. McGahn fought to bring Flood onto the team and likes him very much, a source close to the White House said.

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McGahn served as Trump's top campaign lawyer during the presidential campaign in 2016.

"People like him", Sanders said of Flood.

The Washington Post said in his interviews with Mr Mueller's team, which also is investigating potential obstruction of justice regarding the Russian meddling, Mr McGahn was asked about Mr Trump's actions in firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017. Other Trump advisors have suggested aggressive response to Mueller's probe, but McGahn has quietly advocated for stasis.

McGahn's departure rattled one of Trump's key allies in the Senate who have seen McGahn as a crucial player in helping Republicans reshape federal courts for a generation.

These discussions reportedly touched on Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and his focus on putting loyal officials in charge of the investigation, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

But his personal relations with Trump have been formal and at times testy, as he has tried to protect the president from a slew of accusations and investigations into his personal behavior, his business, and his campaign's alleged collusion with Russians in the 2016 election.

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