Trump: White House coun­sel Don McGahn to de­part in fall

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASH­ING­TON » White House coun­sel Don McGahn, who has main­tained a front row seat in Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tro­ver­sies and ac­com­plish­ments, will be leav­ing in the fall af­ter the ex­pected Se­nate con­fir­ma­tion vote for Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The de­par­ture of Trump’s top lawyer in the West Wing will cre­ate a va­cancy in an of­fice that has been closely in­volved in the con­flict over spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion. McGahn’s exit also con­tin­ues the churn of staffers as the ad­min­is­tra­tion sets records for turnover.

Un­like some less-ami­able ad­min­is­tra­tion sep­a­ra­tions, Trump praised McGahn on Twit­ter, say­ing that he had “worked with Don for a long time and truly ap­pre­ci­ate his ser­vice!” McGahn’s de­par­ture had been ex­pected as the White House en­ters the fall elec­tions and looks to win con­fir­ma­tion for Ka­vanaugh.

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