Grassley to Trump: You can't let McGahn leave

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyLawmakers bicker over how to go after tax cheats On The Money: Biden says workers can't turn down job and get benefits | Treasury launches state and local aid | Businesses jump into vax push Grassley criticizes Biden's proposal to provide IRS with B MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday pushed back on President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE's announcement that White House counsel Don McGahn would leave in the fall, saying "I hope it's not true."

Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Trump's abrupt announcement that McGahn would leave in the coming weeks, writing on Twitter that the president "can't let that happen."

Trump wrote in a tweet Wednesday morning that McGahn would leave the White House after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's expected confirmation.


Grassley's panel is in charge of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, which are slated to kick off starting next month. 

"White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!" Trump wrote earlier Wednesday.

Grassley's tweet was met with a response minutes later from George Conway, husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayPence urges 'positive' agenda to counter Biden in first speech since leaving office Kellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign Mark Zuckerberg, meet Jean-Jacques Rousseau? MORE and a frequent critic of the president. He joked that McGahn's continued service would amount to "excessive .. punishment" under the Constitution's Eighth Amendment.

"Remember the eighth amendment, senator," Conway wrote.

News of McGahn's expected resignation comes weeks after The New York Times reported that he had cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference.

The Times reported that McGahn gave detailed accounts for the special counsel probe, including on the question of whether Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report 'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air MORE.

Trump responded to the report by claiming that he had instructed McGahn to cooperate personally, adding that no obstruction of justice had occurred.

“I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel,” Trump tweeted earlier this month. “In addition we readily gave over one million pages of documents. Most transparent in history. No Collusion, No Obstruction. Witch Hunt!” he tweeted earlier this month.