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Trump reportedly blindsided White House counsel Don McGahn with tweet

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Don McGahn
President Donald Trump
announced in a tweet that his White House counsel Don McGahn
would be leaving his administration.


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  • White House counsel Don McGahn was reportedly
    blindsided when President Donald Trump tweeted that he would
    leave the administration when he had no plans to do so, The New
    York Times reported on Tuesday.
  • Trump’s announcement about McGahn’s employment came
    after a bombshell Times article reported that McGahn had given
    30 hours of volunteer witness testimony in Robert Mueller’s
    Russia probe.
  • McGahn was witness to a number of crucial events,
    including Trump’s firing of former FBI director James
    Comey.

White House counsel Don McGahn was reportedly taken aback to see
President Donald Trump announcing his departure from the White
House in a tweet when he had no plans to do so, The New York Times reported on
Tuesday.

The tweets came after a bombshell New York Times article
in August
reported that McGahn volunteered himself to be a
witness in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which is
investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the
Trump campaign’s potential role in it.

McGahn gave over 30 hours in testimony over the course of nine
months of interviews, The Times reported.

The subsequent Times follow-up on the Trump legal team seems to
indicate that Trump pushed McGahn out of the administration over
the Mueller interviews, despite Trump’s strong implication that
McGahn left on his own accord.

Sources with knowledge of the president’s thinking previously told CNN that Trump was
“unnerved”
by McGahn’s testimony, which McGahn reportedly
gave to shield himself from incrimination in the Mueller probe.

McGahn was front-and-center for several
crucial events
Mueller is now examining as possible instances
of obstruction of justice. These include Trump’s firing of FBI
director James Comey, Trump wanting attorney general Jeff
Sessions to oversee the Russia probe after recusing himself, and
Trump’s reported attempts to fire Mueller.

In the wake of news that McGahn had cooperated with Mueller,
Trump fired off a series of tweets attacking Mueller and his team of
prosecutors
as “disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his
whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs” who enjoy “ruining people’s
lives,” while simultaneously claiming he approved McGahn’s
cooperation.

Reacting to Trump’s tweets, former federal prosecutor Joyce
Alene Vance said
, “Any prosecutor knows, you don’t waste 30
hours on a witness who’s got nothing.”

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