WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that White House counsel Don McGahn will leave his post in the fall, after he shepherds the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
McGahn has been working to appoint judges, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, to federal courts. Last year, he helped fill a record 12 appeals-court positions.
“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,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!”
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
He later told reporters that McGahn would likely be going to work in the private sector.
The news comes after The New York Times published a story alleging that McGahn had turned against the president in his talks with special counselor Robert Mueller on his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Trump said that that story was “fake news.” He said he knew that McGahn was talking to Mueller, and Trump said he had nothing to hide.
“The failing [New York Times] wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel [sic] Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type ‘RAT.’ But I allowed him and all others to testify – I didn’t have to,” Trump wrote.
“I have nothing to hide and have demanded transparency so that this Rigged and Disgusting Witch Hunt can come to a close,” he added. “So many lives have been ruined over nothing – McCarthyism at its WORST! Yet Mueller & his gang of Dems refuse to look at the real crimes on the other side – Media is even worse!”
Since last year, investigators in Congress probing allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia have unearthed voluminous evidence that a small group of senior officials at the FBI and the Justice Department colluded to investigate the Trump campaign. The officials used evidence from a dossier of unverified opposition research compiled by a former British spy and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Before joining the White House, McGahn served as chief counsel to the Trump campaign.
Epoch Times staff member Ivan Pentchoukov and Reuters contributed to this report.
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