Trump names DC lawyer new White House counsel

Glen Norman
October 18, 2018

Facing an electoral defeat that could imperil his presidency, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if Republicans lose the House in November, arguing that he is "helping people" in the midterms. In a bit of behind-the-scenes footage featured in a 60 Minutes Overtime - Correspondent Candid clip that has Stahl discussing what it's like to interview Trump, the president can be seen walking Stahl through various rooms in the White House.

Trump first announced in August that White House Counsel Don McGahn would leave the job this fall following Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. "'I will never ever go and vote in the mid-terms because you're not running and I don't think you like congress'".

The White House counsel would bear the brunt of congressional subpoenas and investigations should Democrats retake the House of Representatives in next month's elections.

"We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!", Trump declared. He accused Mr Cohen of lying when testifying under oath that the president coordinated on a hush-money scheme to buy Ms Daniels' silence.

He added: "I have a natural instinct for science, and I will say that you have scientists on both sides of the picture".

Trump says Cohen's claim was "totally false".

White House Counsel Donald McGahn and President Donald Trump.

He again repeated his frustration with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the special counsel investigation, saying: "I could fire him whenever I want to fire him, but I haven't said that I was going to".

Trump said he will "handle it very well" if Democrats pursue investigations or impeachment should they take the House.

On Saturday, Trump called the commercial litigator "a great guy" who is "very talented".

Cipollone, who now practices in a Washington, DC-based law firm, was reportedly working with Trump's legal team in recent months and has extensive experience with crisis management, consumer fraud, and constitutional issues.

He also said that he found it hard to give Trump a "genuine smile", and had to redo the painting after his first take seemed off.

"The new motto is Keep America Great", the U.S. president said.

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