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White House Counsel McGahn leaving; key man in legal storms

Donald Mc Gahn Trump Don McGahn the White House counsel with President Donald Trump. Andrew Harnik AP
Bennie Garza | 30 August, 2018, 06:31

Don McGahn, chief counsel for the White House, will exit his post after the Senate holds confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanagh.

White House Counsel Donald McGahn has chose to leave the White House, US President Donald Trump announced.

The Times reported that McGahn had provided "detailed accounts" about episodes relating to alleged obstruction, citing a dozen current and former officials and other sources.

What to know about White House Counsel Don McGahn and why he's making headlines when it comes to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Emmet Flood, who joined Trump's White House in May as in-house counsel for the Mueller probe, has been considered a leading candidate to replace McGahn.

McGahn was instrumental in Trump's nomination of both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh - judges with strong conservative records - to the Supreme Court.

McGahn put off making the call because he disagreed with the strategy, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations.

Asked about Flood, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "People like him".

News of McGahn's departure comes after it was revealed he was questioned by Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" investigation.

The report emphasizes how crucial the upcoming elections are to the Trump White House - as well as for those who wish to oppose it.

McGahn, who counts deep ties within Washington's legal community, has long functioned as Trump's liaison to Justice officials and Congress.

Earlier this month, the Times reported that McGahn "has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation".

As the Justice Department and congressional investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election heated up, McGahn found himself increasingly at the center of Trump's and the White House's response to the investigation. In January 2017, then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informed McGahn that Flynn had misled the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions with former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak.

Before joining the Trump campaign and the White House, McGahn worked at the powerful DC law firm Jones Day and previously served as a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission.

George Hartmann, spokesman for the committee, said Grassley viewed McGahn as the lynchpin to Trump's push to fill judicial vacancies.

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