White House lawyer Don McGahn steps down after testifying to Russian Federation inquiry

Glen Norman
August 30, 2018

White House Counsel Donald McGahn has chose to leave the White House, US President Donald Trump announced.

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

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

Flood has been working in a basement office of the West Wing since May, when he was brought to replace Ty Cobb during a shakeup of Trump's White House legal team tasked with handling requests from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In his interviews with Mueller's team, Mr McGahn was asked about Mr Trump's actions in firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017, the "Washington Post" has reported.

Trump's announcement of McGahn's departure came as a surprise, including to McGahn.

"If the reporting is true about Don McGahn's time at the White House coming to an end later this year, it will be sad news for our country", Senator McConnell said.

However, there is no guarantee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, throwing the timing of McGahn's departure into question.

Flood is well respected within the White House but no decision has been made on McGahn's replacement, according to one administration official who asked not to be identified discussing a personnel matter.

The New York Times first reported Trump's move to fire Mueller and McGahn's refusal to carry out the order. Other topics included Trump's criticism of Attorney-General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation probe, the Post said.

The 50-year-old lawyer is one of the few people left in the White House who had a senior role in Trump's election campaign, where McGahn was general counsel.

According to the Post, Trump's advisers are concerned that the president lacks the staff and legal strategy to defend himself against a potential Democratic sweep of the House, which would likely result in a number of subpoenas against Trump's administration or the commencement of impeachment proceedings.

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". His general attitude after 18 months in this White House, this person said, was "of course it happened this way".

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