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Trump lawyer McGahn, Mueller cooperator, may leave White House

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  • President Donald Trump’s White House legal counsel, Don
    McGahn, may leave the administration in fall, according to
    Axios.
  • It comes after he cooperated extensively with Special
    Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible criminal
    wrongdoing by Trump.
  • McGahn has reportedly clashed with Trump before, and
    may have incriminated Trump during 30 hours of interviews with
    Mueller’s team. 
  • After the news of McGahn’s conversations with Mueller
    went public, Trump tweeted that McGahn was not a “RAT” like
    John Dean in the Watergate scandal.

President Donald Trump’s White House legal counsel, Don McGahn,
may leave the administration in short order after cooperating
extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
into possible criminal wrongdoing from Trump.

McGahn could leave the White House later this fall after the
Senate likely approves Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett
Kavanaugh, the news website Axios reported on
Wednesday
.

Previously, Trump had reportedly clashed with McGahn after courts
found the former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty of
financial crimes, and Trump openly pondered a pardon. 

McGahn reportedly refused to participate in the pardoning
process, causing Trump to consider bringing on a new lawyer,
Vanity Fair reported on
Monday

But before the reported clash over Manafort, McGahn had already
extensively cooperated with Mueller in a way that could have
incriminated Trump in the ongoing investigation into possible
obstruction of justice over the Russia probe. 

The New York Times reported
earlier in August
that McGahn had given 30 hours of
interviews to Mueller over the past nine months. The report said
that during those talks, McGahn and his own lawyer focused on
absolving himself of wrongdoing while candidly discussing inner
circle conversations with Trump over his moves in the
investigation.

These discussions touched on Trump’s firing of former FBI
Director James Comey, his focus on putting officials loyal to his
presidency in charge of the investigation, and trying to get
Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take control of the probe,
according to the Times.

Trump called the Times’ story “Fake” because he said it implied
that McGahn had become a “RAT” like John Dean, who helped out the
Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency.

Trump instead insisted that he allowed McGahn and others to
cooperate with Mueller because he had “nothing to hide” and
wanted to get to the end of the probe. 

More quietly, away from the scandals that dominate news coverage,
McGahn helped Trump select a record number of conservative judges
around the country, in what may prove one of Trump’s more
consequential moves as president. 

Emmet Flood, a former Clinton administration official who joined
the White House in May to help with the Russia probe is the
likely replacement for McGahn, Axios reported.

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