White House Counsel Don McGahn To Exit His Post In The Fall

Trump lawyer McGahn, Mueller cooperator, may leave White House

McGahn's warning to the President was first reported by the New York Times and denied by Trump, who called it "fake news".

McGahn has played a leading role in the White House's efforts to shape the judiciary.

The White House counsel is among the most critical - and yet least visible - positions within the West Wing, with input on a range of issues from policy to personnel to national security. 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.

Mr Trump made the announcement on Twitter, ending widespread speculation about Mr McGahn, who will be the latest in a long list of high-ranking advisers to leave Mr Trump's side.

Trump said McGahn's departure would come after the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But his relationship with Trump, by some news accounts, has become more strained in recent weeks when news surfaced that McGahn, with Trump's approval, had voluntarily sat for 30 hours of interviews over several months with Mueller's investigators.

Chuck Grassley, prominent Republican Senator from Iowa, expressed his concern over the report. Flood also worked for former President George W. Bush.

Hurricane Lane strengthens to Category 5 storm as it nears Hawaii
The storm is now moving westward at 12 miles per hour (19 km/h) and should continue to move west through tonight. NASA satellite imagery shows the hurricane is now in the Central Pacific Ocean southeast of the islands.

Trump insisted at the time that his general counsel wasn't a "RAT" and accused Mueller's team of "looking for trouble".

McGahn once rejected a Trump order to fire Mueller, threatening to quit if the president did so.

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.

The White House lawyer reportedly threatened to resign a year ago because Mr Trump was planning to remove Mr Mueller.

He immediately faced controversy in his earliest days at the White House, beginning with acting Attorney General Sally Yates' warning to McGahn that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn could be blackmailed by Russian Federation and that he had likely lied to Vice President Mike Pence. He specialized in campaign finance issues after serving on the Federal Election Commission from 2008 to 2013.

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