USA Today reports:
White House counsel Don McGahn, who had extraordinary access to President Donald Trump during some of his most controversial dealings and decisions, will leave his post this fall, the president said Wednesday.
Trump announced McGahn’s departure on Twitter hours after a report by Axios broke the news that the lawyer planned to leave. Trump thanked McGahn for his service and confirmed his counsel would leave in the fall after the Senate confirms Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Axios reported McGahn wants Emmet Flood to replace him. Flood represented former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment and was hired by the Trump White House to deal with the Russia investigation. Flood also worked for former President George W. Bush.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018
Trump announces that McGahn is leaving his post as White House Counsel a mere 11 days after @nytimes reported that McGahn sat for 30 hours of interviews with Mueller, which Trump claimed was a “fake piece.” https://t.co/XHAExp091D
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 29, 2018
Breaking News: Donald McGahn, the White House counsel, will leave this fall. He is a key witness to the question of whether President Trump obstructed justice. https://t.co/azHpYLgEAr
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 29, 2018
Trump not long after: Don McGahn is leaving the White House this fall after Kavanaugh vote
— Mark Berman (@markberman) August 29, 2018
@realDonaldTrump I hope it’s not true McGahn is leaving WhiteHouse Counsel. U can’t let that happen
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) August 29, 2018