Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure

Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure
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Attorney Emmet Flood took over Thursday morning as White House counsel, replacing Don McGahn until his full-time successor joins the administration.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that Flood will serve as counsel to the president until Pat Cipollone takes over the job. Once Cipollone arrives, Flood will return to his role of special counsel to the president.

Sanders did not provide a timeline for when Cipollone might start.

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The announcement came the morning after McGahn departed as White House counsel following nearly two years on the job.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE confirmed Tuesday that he chose Cipollone, a commercial litigator, as the next White House counsel.

Cipollone is likely to be at the forefront of legal battles between the White House and Congress if Democrats retake control of the House in the November midterm elections. Party leaders have said they intend to investigate Trump's taxes as well as other matters.

McGahn's exit was expected, as Trump announced in August that he would leave at the conclusion of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughCourt-packing becomes new litmus test on left Warren, Harris, Gillibrand back efforts to add justices to Supreme Court Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch MORE's confirmation process.

McGahn was at the forefront of shepherding Trump's two Supreme Court picks — Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch — through the confirmation process.

He made headlines in August for reports that he sat for more than 30 hours with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey: I'm not rooting for Mueller to demonstrate Trump is a criminal Trump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Former White House staffer Hope Hicks to cooperate with Dems' probe into Trump MORE and Trump's criticism of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump O'Rourke on impeachment: 2020 vote may be best way to 'resolve' Trump MORE.

Less than two weeks after reports of McGahn's cooperation surfaced, Trump announced in a tweet that the White House counsel would leave his post following Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Flood, who joined the White House in May, has served as a member of the president's legal team in the Russia investigation. Prior to arriving in the Trump administration, he helped represent then-President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHoward Schultz is holding the Democratic Party hostage Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides A Weld challenge to Trump would provide Republicans a clear choice MORE in his impeachment proceedings and served in the White House counsel's office for former President George W. Bush.