Yes, Don McGahn leaving the White House is a very big deal

Aaron Brown
August 30, 2018

McGahn, who joined Trump's administration in January 2017, was reportedly interested in leaving his position and expressed interest that he be succeeded by D.C. lawyer Emmet Flood, Axios reported on Wednesday.

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

"I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!".

The announcement of his departure comes amid revelations McGahn extensively cooperated with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team probing Russia's attempted interference in the 2016 election.

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

Mr McGahn served as a go-between with the White House and Department of Justice, and has helped implement the president's conservative reshaping of the judiciary. "U can't let that happen", Grassley, R-Iowa, tweeted.

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

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McGahn, 50, has navigated numerous storms of the first 19 months of the Trump White House, figuring in the drama surrounding the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation case.

Trump, who has repeatedly called the probe a "rigged witch hunt", said he had authorised his team to "fully cooperate" with investigators and provided hundreds of thousands of pages of documents.

It is not unusual for White House counsels to come and go during an administration.

Those and other episodes, including the firing of FBI director James Comey, have made McGahn a potentially important witness as Mueller examines whether Trump illegally tried to obstruct the investigation - an offense that could lead to impeachment.

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

Before joining the White House, McGahn was chief counsel to the Trump campaign.

The president later denounced the reports as "fake news". Then in March, Politico ran an article that said he was still eager to exit the White House. Sessions eventually did recuse himself, giving his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the ultimate authority to appoint a special counsel.

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