White House counsel Don McGahn to depart in the fall

by Abel Hampton August 30, 2018, 2:31
White House counsel Don McGahn to depart in the fall

But McGahn and Trump are still on "amicable" terms, Giuliani said. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

McGahn has recommended Trump name Emmet Flood, who three senior officials said is trusted and respected inside the White House, to succeed him as counsel, Axios reports.

Because he's a witness in the Russian Federation investigation, McGahn has had little involvement in the White House's response to the probe since at least August 2017, when lawyer Ty Cobb was brought into the West Wing to work directly with investigators.

Sources close to the White House said earlier this month that McGahn was likely to leave his White House post after Kavanaugh is confirmed.

Trump announced Wednesday that McGahn would leave his White House post this fall, but after the expected confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

McGahn reportedly threatened to resign past year rather than carry out a Trump order to fire Mueller.

Trump asked Porter several times if he would be willing to take over the position if McGahn left, including when chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE took over last summer.

ABC News' Tara Palmeri and Katherine Faulders contributed reporting to this article.

McGahn put off making the call because he disagreed with the strategy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations. Trump tweeted this morning.

President Donald Trump made the announcement via Twitter Wednesday.

McGahn has been working to appoint judges, including Supeme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, to federal courts.

McGahn, who counts deep ties within Washington's legal community, has long functioned as Trump's liaison to Justice officials and Congress.

Sessions has been repeatedly belittled by the President and the Justice Department chief told the White House he might have to leave his job if Trump fired Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, according to people familiar with the exchange.

White House counsel Don McGahn is out of the administration per, as has become a not-unusual way of breaking the news, presidential tweet. Being the lead attorney in any White House is stressful.

Previously, Trump had reportedly clashed with McGahn after courts found the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty of financial crimes, and Trump openly pondered a pardon. His general attitude after 18 months in this White House, this person said, was "of course it happened this way".


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