Ex-White House counsel McGahn says he's rejoining major law firm

Ex-White House counsel McGahn says he's rejoining major law firm
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Former White House counsel Don McGahn will rejoin his longtime law firm, he confirmed to The Washington Post on Sunday.

McGahn, who departed the White House in October, said he will be rejoining Jones Day sometime this month.

“I enjoy the practice of law and I look forward to coming back to Jones Day,” McGahn said in an interview with the Post.


“I’m just going to practice law. No paid corporate speeches and no books, unlike some others who have worked in the White House.”

The Hill has reached out to Jones Day for confirmation.

McGahn played a key role in the Trump administration in picking judicial appointees and shepherding them through the process.

He played a particularly large role in the confirmations of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job MORE.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage MORE (R-Ky.) told the Post that McGahn will remain involved with the nomination process.

“We keep in touch and talk from time to time,” McConnell said. “Some would argue we were co-conspirators going back to the 2016 campaign, where we worked on the number one priority I had and the president had.”

Two Senate GOP aides told the Post that McGahn has recently reached out to lawmakers to boost Neomi Rao, Trump’s nominee to replace Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

McGahn first joined Jones Day in 2014. In his soon-to-begin stint, the lawyer will lead the firm’s government regulation practice as a partner.