White House Counsel McGahn leaving; key man in legal storms

Trump lawyer McGahn, Mueller cooperator, may leave White House

McGahn is widely seen inside the White House as a force for reason when it comes to the administration's response to the Mueller investigation.

The Washington Post reports that Emmet T Flood, the lawyer who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment hearings, is a likely replacement.

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.

McGahn's departure had been widely expected but was met with dismay by Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley, who wrote in a tweet addressed to Trump: "I hope it's not true McGahn is leaving WhiteHouse Counsel".

McGahn signaled his intentions to leave in March, but the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy delayed his departure from the White House.

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McGahn, a Washington insider who was chief counsel for Trump's presidential run, was one of the first advisers Trump named to the White House after being elected in November 2016.

Mr Trump said that the lawyer would...

The New York Times reported earlier in August that McGahn had given 30 hours of interviews to Mueller over the past nine months. "He's super well-respected around the building but there's not a plan locked in place at this point".

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

"Don's significance to the judiciary, the White House and the nation can not be overstated, and I look forward to his continued efforts on behalf of our country", McConnell added.

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McGahn reportedly refused to participate in the pardoning process, causing Trump to consider bringing on a new lawyer, Vanity Fair reported on Monday.

It was an open secret inside the White House that McGahn planned to leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was wrapped up.

The source said Trump asked McGahn to raise what he said were Mueller's conflicts with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because the president thought they were serious enough to remove Mueller. But Trump's tweet came as a surprise to some White House officials and lawmakers.

But McGahn's time has also been marked by tumult as he has been the main point of contact inside the White House for the Russian Federation investigation led by Mueller. His general attitude after 18 months in this White House, this person said, was "of course it happened this way".

Before working at the White House, McGahn was a campaign finance attorney at Jones Day, a Washington law firm that has filled several top legal roles within the Trump administration. He was one of the first establishment Republicans to work with Trump, joining the NY businessman as counsel to his campaign.

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