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  • White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah is on his way
    out, Yahoo News reports. 
  • Shah has become one of the most recognizable faces in the
    on the White House communications team in recent
    months. 
  • Shah plans to leave the White House after the Kavanaugh’s
    confirmation process is over. 

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, who has become an
increasingly prominent figure on the West Wing’s communications
staff in recent months is planning his exit, Yahoo
News reported on
Tuesday. 

Shah plans to leave the White House after the confirmation
process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ends. He has
been in charge of the White House’s communications strategies in
support of Kavanaugh since President Donald Trump nominated
Kavanaugh to the nation’s high court in July.

Shah, who reports directly to press secretary Sarah Huckabee
Sanders, initially believed that his communications role during
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process would allow him to leave the
White House on a positive note, Yahoo News White House
correspondent Hunter Walker wrote.

White House counsel Don McGahn
has also pinned his departure
on Kavanaugh’s expected
confirmation.

The recent sexual misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh have
seemingly muddied those prospects. While Kavanaugh is still
expected to be confirmed once senators hold a vote, there are
lingering uncertainties — particularly with regard to the
testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused Kavanaugh
of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school in the
1980s.

Kavanaugh has denied any wrongdoing.

Ford is set to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday. A vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation
is scheduled for Friday
.

Like President Donald Trump and several of Kavanaugh’s
allies, Shah expressed optimism about Kavanaugh’s
prospects.

“We firmly believe in Judge Kavanaugh, we believe in his
nomination, we think that he’s going to make a fantastic Supreme
Court Justice,” Shah told MSNBC on Tuesday. “The president made a
great choice, an inspired choice in July in nominating him, and
we’re moving forward.”

Shah’s potential departure first came up in
a CBS News report
published in June, which claimed that
Sanders was also thinking about leaving.

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