White House counsel to leave position this fall: report

White House counsel to leave position this fall: report
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White House counsel Don McGahn is reportedly planning to leave his position this fall. 

Axios reported on Wednesday that top officials in the White House said they believe McGahn will exit his post either after Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court or following the midterm elections. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE has not chosen someone who will fill McGahn's role, according to the news outlet, which added that McGahn has told a confidant that he wants his successor to be Emmett Flood. Flood, who served in former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? MORE's administration, joined the Trump administration in May to help it deal with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' MORE's investigation into Russian election interference. 

“The reason he can represent both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump is because he thinks these investigators come and basically put a target on their backs, trying to overturn every aspect of their lives searching for a crime," a source told Axios. 

The report regarding McGahn's impending exit comes only weeks after The New York Times reported that the White House counsel had cooperated with Mueller as part of his investigation. 

Among other topics, McGahn has reportedly discussed Trump's dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey and his repeated urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of the special counsel, despite Sessions's recusal from the Russia probe.

The president, who has consistently railed against Mueller's probe as a partisan "witch hunt," responded to the report by tweeting that he allowed McGahn "and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel."

But it was later reported by CNN that Trump grew angry after learning that McGahn spent a total of 30 hours sharing details with Mueller's team.