President Donald Trump is tweeting that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the Senate vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Trump praised his top White House lawyer Wednesday, saying he has “worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!”
McGahn has played a major role in Trump’s overhaul of the federal judiciary with conservative judges. And he played a prominent role in Trump’s selection of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the president’s nomination of Kavanaugh.
White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!
McGahn has had a tumultuous tenure, marked by his threat to resign last year if Trump continued to press for the removal of Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference.
Trump recently lashed out at the New York Times earlier this month a report that McGahn had sat down for several hours of interviews with the special counsel.
William Burck, McGahn’s attorney, said in a statement at the time: “President Trump, through counsel, declined to assert any privilege over Mr. McGahn’s testimony, so Mr. McGahn answered the Special Counsel team’s questions fulsomely and honestly, as any person interviewed by federal investigators must.”
McGahn would be the latest in a string of high-profile departures or firings from the Trump administration, which are occurring at a pace not seen at this juncture in previous presidencies. Trump, as with the departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March, once again announced a major personnel move by Twitter.
Chuck Grassley, prominent Republican Senator from Iowa, expressed his concern over the report.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@realDonaldTrump</a> I hope it’s not true McGahn is leaving WhiteHouse Counsel. U can’t let that happen