Trump says White House counsel Don McGahn to leave administration

Trump says White House counsel Don McGahn to leave administration

Trump says White House counsel Don McGahn to leave administration

While it was common knowledge in the White House that counsel Don McGahn planned to depart after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed, McGahn was "surprised" by Trump's abrupt tweet announcing his departure, The Washington Post reported.

Other topics included Mr Trump's comments regarding Attorney-General Jeff Sessions, a frequent target of critical tweets from the President, and the possibility of firing Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe, the Post said.

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.

"Worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service", Trump said.

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.

In recent months Trump's legal team has been negotiating under what conditions the President would be interviewed by Mueller's team.

McGahn has led the Trump Administration's efforts to reshape the judiciary while confronting turmoil in the West Wing surrounding the ongoing Special Counsel probe. That McGahn had spent that much time with prosecutors has reportedly alarmed Trump.

Reports said McGahn answered questions about numerous inside-the-White House events related to actions that Trump has taken, although McGahn's lawyer said he did not implicate the president in wrongdoing.

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Turnover in the White House counsel role is not uncommon: Barack Obama had four; George W Bush three; and Bill Clinton six.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to the news of McGahn's departure by urging Trump to try to retain him. "His departure from the White House, whenever that may be, would be a big loss for the Trump Administration and the country". Flynn was forced to resign after reports revealed Yates' warning to McGahn about Flynn's conduct.

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