White House Counsel Don McGahn Set to Depart Trump Administration in Fall

White House Counsel Don McGahn Set to Depart Trump Administration in Fall

White House Counsel Don McGahn Set to Depart Trump Administration in Fall

Don McGahn, chief counsel for the White House, will exit his post after the Senate holds confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh.

"Not at all", Trump told reporters Wednesday when asked if McGahn's testimony concerned him and led to the White House counsel's coming departure.

The paper also reported that, while Trump talks to his advisers about impeachment, he sometimes is angered when someone floats what he calls "the i-word" as a possibility.

Trump praised his top White House lawyer Wednesday, saying he has "worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!" Dean ultimately cooperated with prosecutors and helped bring down the Nixon presidency in 1974, though he served a prison term for obstruction of justice.

The story, which drew on interviews from 26 people connected to the White House, paints the picture of an anemic legal defense for the president, who is himself unaware of the level of risk he is under.

His dismissal comes less than two weeks after it was revealed Mr McGahn spoke for more than 30 hours to the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

McGahn did not know the tweet was coming, an administration official said, but he had been planning to leave the White House because he felt he had achieved his goals in getting conservatives named to federal judgeships, rolling back regulations and reeling in the bureaucracy.

"It is no surprise to read that he has gained the president's confidence already", Coffin said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hailed McGahn as the "most impressive White House Counsel during my time in Washington".

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. There has been speculation the job would go to Emmett Flood, a veteran Washington lawyer who joined the White House in May to help with the Russian Federation probe, but Sanders said he had not been offered the job. But McGahn and Trump are still on "amicable" terms, Giuliani said. Flynn was forced to resign after reports revealed Yates' warning to McGahn about Flynn's conduct.

Trump insisted that he actually allowed McGahn and others to cooperate with Mueller because he had "nothing to hide" and wanted to get to the end of the investigation. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Federal Election Commission.

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