White House Counsel Don McGahn To Depart This Fall

White House Counsel Don McGahn To Depart This Fall

Kerry Wise
August 30, 2018

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. Other reports highlighted tensions between McGahn and Trump regarding the legal process. The White House is hopeful the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in time for him to join the court when its new term starts October 1, with McGahn leaving shortly after the confirmation vote.

However, Mr McGahn is said to have not discussed this plan with Mr Trump and was surprised by the president's tweet.

"I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!" he added, without offering any reason why McGahn was leaving.

The relationship between Mr McGahn and Mr Trump has reportedly been tense from the get-go, with the president angry at his lawyer for not stopping Attorney-General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the investigation.

McGahn's impending departure quickly raised concerns within Congress. Sen.

More quietly, away from the scandals that dominate news coverage, McGahn helped Trump select a record number of conservative judges around the country, in what may prove one of Trump's more consequential moves as president.

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Papadopoulos's wife, Simona Mangiante, is urging her husband to break off the plea deal and stop cooperating with Mueller. To make matters worse for Papadopoulos, the prosecutors say he has not provided significant help in their investigation.

"Remember the eighth amendment senator", he tweeted at Grassley and Trump, a reference to the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

In a sharply worded tweet earlier this month, Mr Trump said he had allowed Mr McGahn to give testimony to the special counsel.

The Washington Post said in his interviews with Mueller's team, which also is investigating potential obstruction of justice regarding the Russian meddling, that McGahn was asked about Trump's actions in firing FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

But there are rumours swirling of presidential dissatisfaction with the way Mr McGahn has handled the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, including reported disputes over whether to fire Robert Mueller and when - or if - the president should pardon his former campaign chair, Paul Manafort. Before taking the White House post, he was working as a partner at the Jones Day law firm in Washington on issues of political law.

But for McGahn, the President's order to fire Mueller was a bridge too far - with the White House counsel refusing to follow through on the order, a person familiar with the matter told CNN. Flynn was forced to resign after reports revealed Yates' warning to McGahn about Flynn's conduct.