Counsel Don McGahn to Leave White House

Mary Altaffer  AP

Mary Altaffer AP

Updated 3:18 p.m. | White House Counsel Don McGahn will leave his post this fall following the expected confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday.

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

On Wednesday morning, Trump that McGahn would step down after the Senate votes on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which Senate Republicans believe will happen in the next month or two.

President Donald Trump's White House legal counsel, Don McGahn, may leave the administration in short order after cooperating extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing from Trump.

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Trump made the announcement on Twitter where he thanked McGahn for his service.

"People like him", Sanders said of Flood.

As members of Trump's legal team looked into potential conflicts of interest involving Mueller, Trump directed McGahn to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to raise the perceived conflicts and push for Mueller's ouster, a person familiar with the matter said at the time.

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.

But before the reported clash over Manafort, McGahn had already extensively cooperated with Mueller in a way that could have incriminated Trump in the ongoing investigation into possible obstruction of justice over the Russian Federation probe. "He's super well-respected around the building but there's not a plan locked in place at this point".

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

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

At a White House meeting, the U.S. president said everything was at stake for his conservative agenda if his party loses in November, according to an audiotape of the meeting obtained by the "Times". In January 2017, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed McGahn that Flynn had misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

The New Jersey native had been a partner at Jones Day, one of the world's largest law firms.

The departing chief White House lawyer was the top attorney on Trump's 2016 campaign.

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